Quantitative precipitation estimation using commercial microwave links

Aart Overeem, Hidde Leijnse, Remko Uijlenhoet

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There is an urgent need for high-quality rainfall observations with high spatial and temporal resolutions in catchment hydrology, particularly in urban hydrology. Weather radars are in principle wellsuited for that purpose, but often need adjustment. Usually, only a few raingauge measurements are available as input for hydrological models or to adjust the radar data in real-time. X-band radar data, specifically interesting for urban hydrology, are often not available. Previous studies have shown that (commercial) microwave link data are suitable to calculate path-averaged rainfall intensities and, therefore, are a potentially valuable source of additional rainfall information. This is further explored in this study using data from 321 links from a commercial cellular telephone network in the Netherlands. Some preliminary results are presented concerning the derivation of rainfall maps and the correction of radar data using microwave link data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeather Radar and Hydrology
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Symposium on Weather Radar and Hydrology, WRaH 2011 - Exeter, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 201121 Apr 2011

Publication series

NameIAHS-AISH Publication
ISSN (Print)0144-7815


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Weather Radar and Hydrology, WRaH 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Microwave link
  • Rainfall measurement
  • The netherlands
  • Weather radar


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