The general observation period 2007 within the priority program on quantitative precipitation forecasting: concept and first results
Crewell, S., Mech, M., Reinhardt, T., Selbach, S., Betz, H.-D., Brocard, E., Dick, G., O'Connor, E. J., Fischer, J., Hanisch, T., Hauf, T., Huenerbein , A., Delobbe, L., Mathes, A., Peters, G., Wernli, H., Wiegner, M. and Wulfmeyer, V. (2008) The general observation period 2007 within the priority program on quantitative precipitation forecasting: concept and first results. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 17 (6). pp. 849-866. ISSN 0941-2948
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In the year 2007 a General Observation Period (GOP) has been performed within the German Priority Program on Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting (PQP). By optimizing the use of existing instrumentation a large data set of in-situ and remote sensing instruments with special focus on water cycle variables was gathered over the full year cycle. The area of interest covered central Europe with increasing focus towards the Black Forest where the Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS) took place from June to August 2007. Thus the GOP includes a variety of precipitation systems in order to relate the COPS results to a larger spatial scale. For a timely use of the data, forecasts of the numerical weather prediction models COSMO-EU and COSMO-DE of the German Meteorological Service were tailored to match the observations and perform model evaluation in a near real-time environment. The ultimate goal is to identify and distinguish between different kinds of model deficits and to improve process understanding.