Articles | Volume 22, issue 5
Research article
08 May 2018
Research article |  | 08 May 2018

Comparison of precipitation measurements by OTT Parsivel2 and Thies LPM optical disdrometers

Marta Angulo-Martínez, Santiago Beguería, Borja Latorre, and María Fernández-Raga

Data sets

disdro-comparison: a dataset and code for comparing precipitation measurements by Ott Parsivel2 and Thies LPM optical disdrometers (Version v1.0) S. Beguería

Model code and software

disdRo: an R package for working with disdrometric data (Version v0.3) S. Beguería and B. Latorre

Short summary
Two optical disdrometers, OTT Parsivel2 disdrometer and Thies Clima laser precipitation monitor (LPM), are compared. Analysis of 2 years of one-minute replicated data showed significant differences. Thies LPM recorded a larger number of particles than Parsivel2 and a higher proportion of small particles, resulting in higher rain rates and amounts and differences in radar reflectivity and kinetic energy. Possible causes for these differences, and their practical consequences, are discussed.