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Abstract

The cost of maintaining a network of rain gauges is considerable. Weather radar now enables all forms of precipitation to be detected and measured to an acceptable accuracy, in near real time, from a single location. Moreover, in association with a computer, data from the weather radar can be processed to provide areal totals of precipitation over sub-catchments or entire catchments of river basins. This information enables stream flows and levels to be predicted which is particularly useful in potential flooding situations. A technique has been developed in the United Kingdom to integrate data from a network of radars on an operational basis (i.e. in real time) enabling information to be made available about intensity of precipitation over large areas. Similar development work is also being carried out elsewhere. Forecasters using this information can prepare weather forecasts which are more accurate than those compiled at present - particularly with regard to the Moreover, the detection of hazardous meteorological phenomena would be significantly improved.

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Authors: CEC CEC BRUXELLES, CEC BRUXELLES
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Record Number: 1989122011700 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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