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A method for classification accuracy evaluation for a precipitation‐oriented classifier

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A method of classification accuracy evaluation for a cloud and precipitation classifier applied to geostationary meteorological satellite data is presented. The method has been developed to evaluate the accuracy of a rather precise classification algorithm. The algorithm produces nine classes, four of which involve precipitation. The classes are: (1) clear or insignificant cloud, (2) low thin cloud with no rain, (3) low or middle thin cloud with no rain, (4) low or middle thick cloud with no rain, (5) middle or high cloud with no rain, (6) middle or high cloud with the possibility of rain, (7) middle or high cloud with light–moderate precipitation, (8) middle–high cloud with moderate–heavy precipitation, (9) heavy thunderstorm. The evaluation classifier has been tested for its accuracy (ground truth) using comparison between actual meteorological weather reports and classification results derived from the algorithm applied. For the estimation of classification accuracy, the omission/commission method is applied between the observed and the classification‐produced values. The classifier used has proved to be very reliable for classifying major cloud types and precipitation, tested during the synoptic situation of depression systems approaching the south Balkan Peninsula from the west. In that synoptic situation, different intensities of rainfall as well as heavy thunderstorm were present, and the results are very satisfactory. The method can be used to evaluate classification results produced by algorithms applied to meteorological satellite data, classifying precipitation areas as well as the heaviness of precipitation.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Hellenic National Meteorological Service, Regional Meteorological Centre of Hellenic Tactical Air Force, Larissa, Greece 2: Division of Electronic Engineering and Physics, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK

Publication date: 2005-11-10

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