Special Issue "Precipitation Measurement Instruments: Calibration, Accuracy and Performance"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Luca G. Lanza
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Guest Editor
University of Genova, Genoa, Italy
Interests: atmospheric precipitation; measurement accuracy; urban hydrology; catchment hydrology; flood protection; hydraulic works; remote sensing; green roofs; low impact development; CFD applications in hydrology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Precipitation is one of the most challenging among environmental measurements, since accurate determination of the amount of water that would ultimately land on a well-defined portion of the ground surface in undisturbed conditions is a difficult task. This is the aim of so-called in situ measurements at the ground, with the instrument located precisely where the information is sought, therefore at one single location, immersed in the precipitation process. In situ precipitation gauges provide the only direct measurements of precipitation at the ground and are usually referred to as the “ground truth” in precipitation monitoring.

Many types of instruments and measurement techniques are developed and in operational use. Most of these techniques are well described and understood, but new instruments are appearing (especially noncatching instruments), which still need deeper testing and investigation. All instruments are subject to both systematic (bias) and random measurement errors, depending on the construction of the device, the measuring principle, the algorithms used for data interpretation and correction, installation issues, environmental factors, etc.

This Special Issue will focus on the science of precipitation measurements, the measuring principles, new or improved technologies, the assessment of measurement accuracy and performance and the uncertainty budget, calibration methods and laboratory testing, comparison of instruments, and field measurement campaigns. Review papers on the state-of-the-art as well as new research and innovative studies are encouraged.

Prof. Luca G. Lanza
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • atmospheric precipitation measurements
  • measuring principles
  • technology
  • intercomparison
  • measurement accuracy
  • calibration
  • uncertainty

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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