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Back to basics: measuring rainfall at sea. Part 1 - in situ sensors

Quartly, G.D.; Guymer, T.H.; Birch, K.G.. 2002 Back to basics: measuring rainfall at sea. Part 1 - in situ sensors. Weather, 57 (9). 315-320.

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Abstract/Summary

Rainfall is an important climatic variable. Extremes in rainfall accumulations over land - either floods or droughts - have major societal implications and are obvious. At sea, the effects on human activity are less evident, apart from the inconvenience to deck passengers on cruise liners! However, improved knowledge of the rainfall associated with weather systems approaching the UK from the Atlantic would be beneficial to weather forecasting, especially if assimilated into atmospheric models. There is an additional, more subtle, effect involving the ocean itself. At sea, the balance between precipitation and evaporation provides a critical feedback in climate change.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: rainfall, precipitation, radar, shipboard equipment, data buoys, sensors, measuring devices, recording equipment, hydrophones
Date made live: 04 Dec 2003 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/100254

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