07 Nov 2022
 | 07 Nov 2022
Status: a revised version of this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

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, and Simone Scapin

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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Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on essd-2022-317', Anonymous Referee #1, 22 Nov 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Elisa Adirosi, 10 Feb 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2022-317', Anonymous Referee #2, 03 Dec 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Elisa Adirosi, 10 Feb 2023

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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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Short summary
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.