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Qualitative weather radar mosaic in a multisensor rainfall monitoring approach

[+] Author Affiliations
Andrea Antonini

Consorzio LaMMA, via Madonna del Piano 10, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze Italy 50019-I

Samantha Melani

Consorzio LaMMA, via Madonna del Piano 10, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze Italy 50019-I

Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET-CNR), via G. Caproni 8, Firenze Italy 50145-I

Alberto Ortolani

Consorzio LaMMA, via Madonna del Piano 10, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze Italy 50019-I

Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET-CNR), via G. Caproni 8, Firenze Italy 50145-I

Maurizio Pieri

Consorzio LaMMA, via Madonna del Piano 10, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze Italy 50019-I

Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET-CNR), via G. Caproni 8, Firenze Italy 50145-I

Bernardo Gozzini

Consorzio LaMMA, via Madonna del Piano 10, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze Italy 50019-I

Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET-CNR), via G. Caproni 8, Firenze Italy 50145-I

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 063572 (Sep 12, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.6.063572
History: Received May 18, 2012; Revised July 10, 2012; Accepted July 26, 2012
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Abstract.  A method is presented for integrating the information available in a limited area (corresponding to Tuscany in Italy) coming from satellite sensors, point measurement stations and ground-based radars. The objective is the exploitation of the complementary information provided by the variety of methods and instruments nowadays existing for measuring precipitation or precipitation-related parameters, in order to upgrade the capability of reconstructing weather phenomena of main interest. Ground- and satellite-based measurements, working locally or remotely, are jointly analyzed to evaluate how heterogeneous data can amplify the effectiveness of the measurements, when synergically analyzed, and this holds also when some of the available instruments essentially give just qualitative information. A way to synthesize the different information provided by various instruments is presented, assessing the quality of all the available observations. Namely, steps are described for the achievement of a mosaic of qualitative weather radars, and it is shown how the joint analysis of satellite, rain gauge and lightning observations can support a correct interpretation of precipitation phenomena. Finally, a logical scheme for data integration is presented and discussed.

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Topics

Radar ; Satellites

Citation

Andrea Antonini ; Samantha Melani ; Alberto Ortolani ; Maurizio Pieri and Bernardo Gozzini
"Qualitative weather radar mosaic in a multisensor rainfall monitoring approach", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 063572 (Sep 12, 2012). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.6.063572


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