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Potential of commercial microwave link network derived rainfall for river runoff simulations

Smiatek, G.; Keis, F.; Chwala, C.; Fersch, B.; Kunstmann, H.

Commercial microwave link networks allow for the quantification of path integrated precipitation because the attenuation by hydrometeors correlates with rainfall between transmitter and receiver stations. The networks, operated and maintained by cellphone companies, thereby provide completely new and country wide precipitation measurements. As the density of traditional precipitation station networks worldwide is significantly decreasing, microwave link derived precipitation estimates receive increasing attention not only by hydrologists but also by meteorological and hydrological services. We investigate the potential of microwave derived precipitation estimates for streamflow prediction and water balance analyses, exemplarily shown for an orographically complex region in the German Alps (River Ammer). We investigate the additional value of link derived rainfall estimations combined with station observations compared to station and weather radar derived values. Our river runoff simulation system employs a distributed hydrological model at 100 × 100 m grid resolution. We analyze the potential of microwave link derived precipitation ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa5f46
ISSN: 1748-9318, 1748-9326
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-704035
KITopen ID: 1000070403
HGF-Programm 12.02.03; LK 01
Erschienen in Environmental research letters
Band 12
Heft 3
Seiten Art. Nr.: 034026
Lizenz CC BY 3.0 DE: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland
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