Machine Learning Approach to Classify Rain Type Based on Thies Disdrometers and Cloud Observations
AbstractRain microstructure parameters assessed by disdrometers are commonly used to classify rain into convective and stratiform. However, different types of disdrometer result in different values for these parameters. This in turn potentially deteriorates the quality of rain type classifications. Thies disdrometer measurements at two sites in Bavaria in southern Germany were combined with cloud observations to construct a set of clear convective and stratiform intervals. This reference dataset was used to study the performance of classification methods from the literature based on the rain microstructure. We also explored the possibility of improving the performance of these methods by tuning the decision boundary. We further identified highly discriminant rain microstructure parameters and used these parameters in five machine-learning classification models. Our results confirm the potential of achieving high classification performance by applying the concepts of machine learning compared to already available methods. Machine-learning classification methods provide a concrete and flexible procedure that is applicable regardless of the geographical location or the device. The suggested procedure for classifying rain types is recommended prior to studying rain microstructure variability or any attempts at improving radar estimations of rain intensity. View Full-Text
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Ghada, W.; Estrella, N.; Menzel, A. Machine Learning Approach to Classify Rain Type Based on Thies Disdrometers and Cloud Observations. Atmosphere 2019, 10, 251.
Ghada W, Estrella N, Menzel A. Machine Learning Approach to Classify Rain Type Based on Thies Disdrometers and Cloud Observations. Atmosphere. 2019; 10(5):251.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ghada, Wael; Estrella, Nicole; Menzel, Annette. 2019. "Machine Learning Approach to Classify Rain Type Based on Thies Disdrometers and Cloud Observations." Atmosphere 10, no. 5: 251.
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