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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2015, Article ID 329327, 8 pages
Research Article

Decadal Variation in Raindrop Size Distributions in Busan, Korea

1Atmospheric Environmental Research Institute, Pukyong National University, Yongso-ro, Nam-gu, Busan 608-737, Republic of Korea
2Department of Environmental Atmospheric Sciences, Pukyong National University, Yongso-ro, Nam-gu, Busan 608-737, Republic of Korea

Received 18 November 2014; Revised 12 March 2015; Accepted 25 March 2015

Academic Editor: Monique Leclerc

Copyright © 2015 Cheol-Hwan You and Dong-In Lee. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper investigated the variability of raindrop size distributions (DSDs) in Busan, Korea, using data from two different disdrometers: a precipitation occurrence sensor system (POSS) and a particle size velocity (Parsivel) optical disdrometer. DSDs were simulated using a gamma model to assess the intercomparability of these two techniques. Annual rainfall amount was higher in 2012 than in 2002, as were the annually averaged (which was 0.1 mm greater in 2012) and the frequency of convective rain. Severe rainfall (greater than 20 mm h−1) occurred more frequently and with a larger in 2012. The values of from July, August, and December, 2012, were much greater than from other months when compared with 2002. Larger raindrops contributed to the higher rain rates that were observed in the morning during 2012, whereas relatively smaller raindrops dominated in the afternoon. These results suggest that the increase in raindrop size that has been observed in Busan may continue in the future; however, more research will be required if we are to fully understand this phenomenon. Rainfall variables are highly dependent on drop size and so should be recalculated using the newest DSDs to allow more accurate polarimetric radar rainfall estimation.