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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2425-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2425-2016
Research article
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01 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 01 Jun 2016

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

Aart Overeem, Hidde Leijnse, and Remko Uijlenhoet

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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.