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Rainfall estimation with a commercial tool for satellite internet in Ka band: concept and preliminary data analysis
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Paper Abstract

This work presents a real time method for rainfall estimation based on attenuation data acquired via Ka-band satellite link and discusses some results of its application. Data to be processed are recorded with a commercial kit for satellite web supplied by a European provider and operating above the urban area of Florence (Italy). Since the system automatically performs a continuous adjustment of the transmitted power in function of the intensity of the received signal, this information is being exploited to estimate the entity of the precipitation within the area. The adopted model for the attenuation of a microwave link due to hydrometeors is the one suggested by Olsen and Hodge and recommended by the ITU. The results are interpreted together with registered rain-rate measurements provided by three rain gauges dislocated within the area.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9239, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XVI, 923904 (29 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2067263
Show Author Affiliations
Clio Mugnai, Univ. degli Studi di Pisa (Italy)
Fabrizio Cuccoli, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Francesco Sermi, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9239:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XVI
Christopher M. U. Neale; Antonino Maltese, Editor(s)

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