Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Research article
30 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 30 Oct 2020

Commercial microwave links as a tool for operational rainfall monitoring in Northern Italy

Giacomo Roversi, Pier Paolo Alberoni, Anna Fornasiero, and Federico Porcù


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AR by Federico Porcu on behalf of the Authors (17 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Jul 2020) by Gianfranco Vulpiani
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (10 Aug 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Aug 2020) by Gianfranco Vulpiani
AR by Federico Porcu on behalf of the Authors (02 Sep 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (11 Sep 2020) by Gianfranco Vulpiani
Short summary
The microwave signal travelling between two antennas of the commercial mobile backhaul network is strongly attenuated by rainfall. The open-source RAINLINK algorithm extracts rainfall rate maps, processing the attenuation data recorded by the transmission system. In this work, we applied RAINLINK to 357 Vodafone links in northern Italy and compared the outputs with the operational rain products of the local weather service (Arpae), outlining pros and cons and discussing error structure.