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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-991-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-991-2016
Research article
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09 Mar 2016
Research article |  | 09 Mar 2016

Real-time data acquisition of commercial microwave link networks for hydrometeorological applications

Christian Chwala, Felix Keis, and Harald Kunstmann

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Commercial microwave link (CML) networks, like they are used as backbone for the cell phone network, can be used to derive rainfall information. However, data availability is limited due to the lack of suitable data acquisition systems. We have developed and currently operate a custom data acquisition system for CML networks that is able to acquire the required data for a large number of CMLs in real time. This system is the basis for a future countrywide rainfall product derived from CML data.