07 Nov 2022
07 Nov 2022
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

Database of the Italian disdrometer network

Elisa Adirosi1, Federico Porcù2, Mario Montopoli1, Luca Baldini1, Alessandro Bracci1,2, Vincenzo Capozzi3, Clizia Annella3, Giorgio Budillon3, Edoardo Bucchignani4, Alessandra Lucia Zollo4, Orietta Cazzuli5, Giulio Camisani5, Renzo Bechini6, Roberto Cremonini6, Andrea Antonini7, Alberto Ortolani7,8, Samantha Melani7,8, Paolo Valisa9, and Simone Scapin9 Elisa Adirosi et al.
  • 1National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC), Rome, 00133, Italy
  • 2Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi", University of Bologna, Bologna, 40126, Italy
  • 3Department of Science and Technology, University of Naples "Parthenope", Naples, 80143, Italy
  • 4Meteorology Lab, Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali (CIRA), Capua, 81043, Italy
  • 5Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment of Lombardia (ARPA Lombardia), Milano, 20124, Italy
  • 6Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment of Piemonte (Arpa Piemonte), Torino, 10135, Italy
  • 7Laboratory of Environmental Monitoring and Modelling for the sustainable development (LaMMA), Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), 50019, Italy
  • 8National Research Council of Italy, Institute for the BioEconomy (CNR-IBE), Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), 50019, Italy
  • 9Società Astronomica Schiaparelli, Centro Geofisico Prealpino, Varese, 21100, Italy

Abstract. In 2021, a group of seven italian institutions decided to bring together their know-how, experience, and instruments for measuring the drop size distribution (DSD) of atmospheric precipitation giving birth to the Italian Group of Disdrometry (in Italian named: Gruppo Italiano Disdrometria, GID, The GID has made freely available a database of 1-minute records of DSD collected by the disdrometer network along the Italian peninsula. At the time of writing, the disdrometer network is composed of eight laser disdrometers belonging to six different Italian institutions (including research centers, universities and environmental regional agencies). This work aims to document the technical aspects of the italian DSD database consisting of 1-minute sampling data from 2012 to 2021 in a uniform standard format defined within GID. Although not all the disdrometers have the same length of the data record, the DSD data collection effort is the first of its kind in Italy, and from here onwards, it opens new opportunities in the surface characterization of microphysical properties of precipitation in the perspective of climate records. The GID database can be downloaded here (Adirosi et al., 2022).

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Database of the Italian disdrometer network Elisa Adirosi; Federico Porcù; Mario Montopoli; Luca Baldini; Alessandro Bracci; Vincenzo Capozzi; Clizia Annella; Giorgio Budillon; Edoardo Bucchignani; Alessandra Lucia Zollo; Orietta Cazzuli; Giulio Camisani; Renzo Bechini; Roberto Cremonini; Andrea Antonini; Alberto Ortolani; Samantha Melani; Paolo Valisa; Simone Scapin

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The paper describes the database of 1-minute Drop Size Distribution (DSD) of atmospheric precipitation collected by the italian disdrometer network over the last 10 years. These data are useful for several applications that range from climatological, meteorological, and hydrological uses to telecommunications, agriculture, and conservation of cultural heritage exposed to precipitation. Descriptions of the processing and of the database organization, along with some examples, are provided.