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Volume 9, issue 5 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2425-2444, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2425-2016
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Research article 01 Jun 2016

Research article | 01 Jun 2016

Retrieval algorithm for rainfall mapping from microwave links in a cellular communication network

Aart Overeem1,2, Hidde Leijnse2, and Remko Uijlenhoet1 Aart Overeem et al.
  • 1Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA, Wageningen, the Netherlands
  • 2Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), P.O. Box 201, 3730 AE, De Bilt, the Netherlands

Abstract. Microwave links in commercial cellular communication networks hold a promise for areal rainfall monitoring and could complement rainfall estimates from ground-based weather radars, rain gauges, and satellites. It has been shown that country-wide (≈ 35500km2) 15min rainfall maps can be derived from the signal attenuations of approximately 2400 microwave links in such a network. Here we give a detailed description of the employed rainfall retrieval algorithm. Moreover, the documented, modular, and user-friendly code (a package in the scripting language “R”) is made available, including a 2-day data set of approximately 2600 commercial microwave links from the Netherlands. The purpose of this paper is to promote rainfall mapping utilising microwave links from cellular communication networks as an alternative or complementary means for continental-scale rainfall monitoring.

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Microwave links in commercial cellular communication networks hold a promise for areal rainfall monitoring and could complement rainfall estimates from ground-based weather radars, rain gauges, and satellites. It has been shown that country-wide rainfall maps can be derived from the signal attenuations of microwave links in such a network. Here we give a detailed description of the employed rainfall retrieval algorithm and the corresponding code, which is freely provided at GitHub.
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