What is it about?

Direct observations of oceanic precipitation are difficult and scarce for decades. This article studied the dynamical and microphysical characteristics associated with summer season rainfall of western Pacific by using in-situ ship observations.

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Why is it important?

With approximately 76% of global precipitation falling over the world’s oceans, the oceanic precipitation not only has direct implication to the variation of thermohaline circulation, but also could be linked to changes in regional weather and climate over the continents with its variations. Meanwhile, more accurate marine weather forecast is desirable with the increase of human maritime activities.


This is a very early research on precipitaion microphysics in the open ocean, we hope it can contribute to the progress of oceanic rainfall observations.

Prof. Wu Zuhang

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This page is a summary of: Characteristics of Summer Season Raindrop Size Distribution in Three Typical Regions of Western Pacific, Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, April 2019, American Geophysical Union (AGU),
DOI: 10.1029/2018jd029194.
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