Bumke, Karl; König-Langlo, Gert; Kinzel, Julian; Schröder, Marc (2016): Precipitation over sea: Validation against shipboard in-situ measurements. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.858657, Supplement to: Bumke, K et al. (2016): HOAPS and ERA-Interim precipitation over the sea: validation against shipboard in situ measurements. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 9(5), 2409-2423, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2409-2016
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The satellite derived HOAPS (Hamburg Ocean Atmosphere Parameters and Fluxes from Satellite data) and ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) ERA-Interim reanalysis data sets have been validated against in-situ precipitation measurements from ship rain gauges and optical disdrometers over the open-ocean by applying a statistical analysis for binary forecasts. For this purpose collocated pairs of data were merged within a certain temporal and spatial threshold into single events, according to the satellites' overpass, the observation and the forecast times. HOAPS detects the frequency of precipitation well, while ERA-Interim strongly overestimates it, especially in the tropics and subtropics. Although precipitation rates are difficult to compare because along-track point measurements are collocated with areal estimates and the numbers of available data are limited, we find that HOAPS underestimates precipitation rates, while ERA-Interim's Atlantic-wide average precipitation rate is close to measurements. However, regionally averaged over latitudinal belts, there are deviations between the observed mean precipitation rates and ERA-Interim. The most obvious ERA-Interim feature is an overestimation of precipitation in the area of the intertropical convergence zone and the southern sub-tropics over the Atlantic Ocean. For a limited number of snow measurements by optical disdrometers it can be concluded that both HOAPS and ERA-Interim are suitable to detect the occurrence of solid precipitation.
Median Latitude: 36.374541 * Median Longitude: 116.890243 * South-bound Latitude: -70.520000 * West-bound Longitude: 10.150000 * North-bound Latitude: 87.070000 * East-bound Longitude: -8.710000
Date/Time Start: 1995-07-07T18:45:00 * Date/Time End: 2007-05-01T11:42:00
Datasets listed in this publication series
- Bumke, K (2016): Rain rates measured by an optical disdrometer at Kiel-Institute from 1997 to 2007. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.857972
- Bumke, K (2016): Ship precipitation measurement comparison on R/V Alkor from 1999 to 2004. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.860808
- Bumke, K (2016): Ship precipitation measurements Atlantic Ocean from 1995 to 1997. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.858651