Articles | Volume 16, issue 16
Research article
23 Aug 2023
Research article |  | 23 Aug 2023

Evaluation of error components in rainfall retrieval from collocated commercial microwave links

Anna Špačková, Martin Fencl, and Vojtěch Bareš

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Commercial microwave links as rainfall sensors have been investigated and evaluated in numerous studies with gauge-adjusted radar used for reference for rainfall observations. We evaluate collocated commercial microwave links, which are thus exposed to identical atmospheric conditions. This set-up enables the exploration of inconsistencies in observations of independent sensors using data from a real telecommunication network. The sensors are in agreement and are homogeneous in their behaviour.