Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
Research article
08 Nov 2019
Research article |  | 08 Nov 2019

The Disdrometer Verification Network (DiVeN): a UK network of laser precipitation instruments

Ben S. Pickering, Ryan R. Neely III, and Dawn Harrison

Data sets

The Disdrometer Verification Network (DiVeN): particle diameter and fall velocity measurements from a network of Thies Laser Precipitation Monitors around the UK (2017-2019) Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Met Office, B. S. Pickering, R. R. Neely III, and D. Harrison

Short summary
A new network of precipitation instruments has been established for the UK. The instruments are capable of detecting the fall velocity and diameter of each particle that falls through a laser beam. The particle characteristics are derived from the duration and amount of decrease in beam brightness as perceived by a receiving diode. A total of 14 instruments make up the network and all instruments upload 60 s frequency data in near-real time to a publicly available website with plots.