Precipitation plays a significant role in the climate system, and this book, originally published in 2006, was the first to provide a comprehensive examination of the processes involved in the generation of clouds, rain, snow and hail; how precipitation is measured; how its distribution has changed over time; and how we still need to make improvements to the way precipitation is measured. It traces our attempts to understand what clouds are, from ancient Greeks to the present day. It also discusses developments in the measurement of precipitation, from rain gauges to satellite techniques, and how these measurements have enabled researchers to estimate global trends, totals, variability and extremes of precipitation. This will be a valuable and fascinating reference for academic researchers in the fields of environmental science and climatology. It will also be of great interest to professionals in water resource and flood management.
From the reviews of the author's previous book Measuring the Natural Environment '... valuable for many present and future environmental scientists ... this is an excellent handbook on environmental data acquisition. I recommend it to anyone who has a role in environmental science.' The Leading Edge
Review of the hardback: 'The book will be of use to lecturers and supervisors ... who need to give students a rapid learning curve prior to field experiments and projects. Its style is appealing to those with little prior knowledge.' International Journal of Climatology
Review of the hardback: '... a useful basic primer for beginners in the field of environmental monitoring.' Progress in Environmental Science
Review of the hardback: 'The book is highly recommendable ... very well written, concise and clear.' Environmental Geology
Review of the hardback: '... well-written and easy to follow, even for non-specialists. ... extremely useful, as it helps put the measurements in context. ... I recommend this book to anybody involved in the collection or use of environmental data.' Weather
Review of the hardback: 'Written in a very readable fashion the author gives a broad view of the field of precipitation without being simplistic. He has used a descriptive style while introducing formulae only when that would expand insight for the reader. Everyone including professionals in the field of atmospheric services will gain new knowledge from this book.' Kenneth A. Devine, Meteorological Instrument Consultant, Ontario
Review of the hardback: '... elegantly presented and well edited and deserves a space in every hydrologist's bookshelf.' The Newsletter of the British Hydrological Society
Review of the hardback: '... an interesting book that deserves to be read by anyone interested in precipitation and our ability to observe climatic change.' Weather
Review of the hardback: 'This volume is a nice book for those who need a short and readable introduction into the subject of precipitation and its measurement. It will probably also be appreciated by those interested in the historical evolution of this subject. ... It can be recommended to students starting their studies in meteorology and to students and scientists in neighbouring disciplines who need an overview on the subject but who are not interested in explicit details.' Meteorologische Zeitschrift
"Any reader of 'Weather' interested in precipitation, any user of precipitation datra and any climate modeller wishing to find out more about the source of precipitation data would benefit from reading [this book]. ... The book...ends with a proposed solution--a new global climatological observing network. This would require a transformation of political will to obtain (and maintain) suitable observing sites. This may sounds like idealism, but it certainly provides a novel crescendo to an interesting book that deserves to be read by anyone interested in precipitation and our ability to observe climatic change." - Julian Mayes, Weather
"...easy, descriptive reading..." - Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Part I. Past Theories of Rain and Snow: 1. The ancients; 2. A renaissance; Part II. Present Theories of Precipitation: 3. Basic processes; 4. Cloud formation; 5. Cloud droplets, ice particles and precipitation; 6. Lightning; Part III. Measuring Precipitation: 7. Early attempts to measure rainfall; 8. Measuring precipitation with raingauges; 9. Measuring snow; 10. Measuring precipitation with radar; 11. Measuring precipitation from satellites; Part IV. The Global Distribution of Precipitation: 12. Raingauge and satellite datasets; 13. Precipitation means and trends; 14. Precipitation variability and extremes; Part V. Future Developments: 15. The future of precipitation measurement; Appendix: Acronyms and abbreviations; Index.