oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Weather radar: A tool for urban hydrology

Volume 6, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The use of carefully sited, low-powered, short-range, inexpensive radars provides a useful tool for management purposes. Precipitation measuring, or weather radar as it is more generally known, is potentially a powerful tool for use by meteorologists and hydrologists for the remote sensing, forecasting and measurement of precipitation. Hydrological and hydraulic models are now routinely in use in, for example, the planning and design of urban drainage systems (UDSs). Moreover, there is a growing realisation of the potential for the real-time control of these systems and a recognition of the potential for weather radar data to provide a timely input to these models for this purpose. This paper descriptionbes the use of low-powered, short-range, inexpensive, C-band weather radars and the data they provide to meet identified user needs in urban areas.

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