Articles | Volume 22, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2811–2837, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-2811-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2811–2837, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-2811-2018

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 et al.

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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.