Articles | Volume 5, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 2147–2154, 2005
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 2147–2154, 2005

  11 Aug 2005

11 Aug 2005

Comparison of rain gauge observations with modeled precipitation over Cyprus using Contiguous Rain Area analysis

N. Tartaglione1, S. Mariani2, C. Accadia2, A. Speranza3, and M. Casaioli2 N. Tartaglione et al.
  • 1Department of Physics, University of Camerino, Camerino, Italy
  • 2Agenzia per la Protezione dell’Ambiente e per i Servizi Tecnici, Rome, Italy
  • 3Department of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Camerino, Camerino, Italy

Abstract. Verification of modeled rainfall with precipitation observed by a rain gauge network has been performed in a case study over the Cyprus Island. Cyprus has a relatively dense rain gauge network. The applied verification method is the Contiguous Rain Area (CRA) analysis. Some drawbacks of the CRA method are pointed out when it is applied to such a case study. Impact on the CRA results, when considering different dimensions of the verification sub-domain and different types of indicators (correlation and mean square error) used in the comparison, are discussed. Results indicate that care should be taken when verification of modeled rainfall is performed over a domain smaller than the model one.

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