Continued collaboration with internationally leading partners at University of Genoa, Italy.
Vigna di Valle, Italy. This precipitation research site, 35km to the northwest of Rome, was the location of the international WMO field intercomparison of rainfall intensity measurements. Field trials are ongoing here to investigate different types of instrumentation, especially those not available during the original study (e.g. EML's SBS500 and Kalyx rain gauges!)
As part of a very successful ongoing research partnership with the University of Genoa, all three of EML’s models of aerodynamic rain gauge are being tested against the pit reference measurement, shown in the centre of the image (left).
The outcome of the international WMO laboratory (2005) and field (2009) rainfall intensity gauge intercomparisons showed that it is possible to record rainfall intensity accurately at fine temporal resolution using tipping bucket rain gauges, if the rain gauges are excellent quality and can demonstrate repeatable performance. In partnership with the Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (DICCA) and the WMO Lead Centre on Precipitation Intensity (LC-PrIn) at the University of Genoa, EML’s three models of aerodynamic rain gauge are currently being tested using the extensive infrastructure at the Vigna di Valle rain gauge test site, which includes a pit gauge reference measurement. EML provided these rain gauges in support of the ongoing collaboration, which includes a wide range of research actions. For more information on these activities, see the news items promoting the two scientific papers published in the journal Water Resources Research (CFD paper and Field Study paper).