Real-time areal precipitation determination from radar by means of statistical objective analysis.

Gerstner, E.-M. and Heinemann, Günther (2008) Real-time areal precipitation determination from radar by means of statistical objective analysis. Open Access Journal of Hydrology, 352 (3-4). pp. 296-308. DOI 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2008.01.016.

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Abstract

Precipitation measurement by radar allows for areal rainfall determination with a high spatial and temporal resolution. However, hydrological applications require an accuracy of the precipitation quantification which cannot be obtained by today’s weather radar devices. The quality of the radar-derived precipitation can be significantly improved with the aid of ground measurements. In this paper, a complete processing pipeline for real-time radar precipitation determination using a modified statistical objective analysis method is presented. Thereby, several additional algorithms, such as a dynamical use of Z–R relationships, a bias correction and an advection correction scheme are employed. The performance of the algorithms is tested for several case studies. For an error analysis, an eight months data set of X-band radar scans and rain gauge precipitation measurements is used. We show a reduction in the radar–rain gauge RMS difference of up to 59% for the optimal combination of the different algorithms.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Radar precipitation; Statistical objective analysis
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2008.01.016
ISSN: 0022-1694
Projects: Laptev Sea System, Polynya
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 07:56
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2018 00:38
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/28490

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