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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2021-3
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2021-3

  11 Feb 2021

11 Feb 2021

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One year of attenuation data from a commercial dual-polarized duplex microwave link with concurrent disdrometer, rain gauge and weather observations

Anna Špačková1, Vojtěch Bareš1, Martin Fencl1, Marc Schleiss3, Joël Jaffrain4, Alexis Berne4, and Jörg Rieckermann2 Anna Špačková et al.
  • 1Dept. of Hydraulics and Hydrology, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, the Czech Republic
  • 2Dept. of Urban Water Management, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland
  • 3Dept. of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
  • 4Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Abstract. Commercial microwave links (CML) in telecommunication networks can provide relevant information for remote sensing of precipitation and other environmental variables, such as path-averaged drop size distribution, evaporation or humidity. To address this issue, the CoMMon field experiment (COmmercial Microwave links for urban rainfall MONitoring) monitored a 38-GHz dual-polarized CML of 1.85 km at a high temporal resolution (4 s), as well as a collocated array of five disdrometers and three rain gauges over one year. The dataset is complemented with observations from five nearby weather stations. Raw and pre-processed data, which can be explored effortlessly with a custom static HTML viewer, are available at https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4524632 (Špačková et al., 2020). The data quality is generally satisfactory and potentially problematic measurements are flagged to help the analyst identify relevant periods for specific study purposes. Finally, we encourage potential applications and discuss open issues regarding future remote sensing with CMLs.

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One year of attenuation data from a commercial dual-polarized duplex microwave link with concurrent disdrometer, rain gauge and weather observations Anna Špačková, Joël Jaffrain, Zhe Wang, Marc Schleiss, Martin Fencl, Vojtěch Bareš, Alexis Berne, and Jörg Rieckermann https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4524632

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Original dataset of microwave signal attenuation and rainfall variables was collected during one-year-long field campaign. The monitored 38-GHz dual-polarized commercial microwave link with short sampling resolution (4 s) was accompanied by five disdrometers and three rain gauges along its path. Antenna radomes were temporarily shielded for approximately half of the campaign period to investigate antenna wetting impacts.