SCORE project partner, UNIPI, with the Aalborg University, published a paper in the Sensors journal. This paper is available in open access.
The demand for accurate rainfall rate maps is growing ever more. This paper proposes a novel algorithm to estimate the rainfall rate map from the attenuation measurements coming from both broadcast satellite links (BSLs) and commercial microwave links (CMLs). The approach we pursue is based on an iterative procedure which extends the well-known GMZ algorithm to fuse the attenuation data coming from different links in a three-dimensional scenario, while also accounting for the virga phenomenon as a rain vertical attenuation model. We experimentally prove the convergence of the procedures, showing how the estimation error decreases for every iteration. The numerical results show that adding the BSL links to a pre-existent CML network boosts the accuracy performance of the estimated rainfall map, improving up to 50% the correlation metrics. Moreover, our algorithm is shown to be robust to errors concerning the virga parametrization, proving the possibility of obtaining good estimation performance without the need for precise and real-time estimation of the virga parameters.
Title: Rainfall Map from Attenuation Data Fusion of Satellite Broadcast and Commercial Microwave Links
Authors: Fabio Saggese, Vincenzo Lottici, Filippo Giannetti
Cite as: Saggese, F.; Lottici, V.; Giannetti, F. Rainfall Map from Attenuation Data Fusion of Satellite Broadcast and Commercial Microwave Links. Sensors 2022, 22, 7019. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22187019