Rainfall detection by wireless microwave links in Italy: the story so far

25 Jun 2019, 13:40
large seminar room (KIT Campus Alpin)

large seminar room

KIT Campus Alpin

Kreuzeckbahnstraße 19 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Oral HyMet CML overview presentations and posters (Day1) Overview presentations


Roberto Nebuloni (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR))


This contribution overviews the state-of-the-art of the research dedicated to rainfall monitoring through wireless microwave links in Italy. Early studies on the application of tomography to retrieve 2D rainfall fields from a mesh of terrestrial microwave links date back to the nineties. A pioneering experimental work was carried out in 2001 in the framework of the MANTISSA project. More recently, the pervasive growth of cellular mobile networks as well as the usage of Ku- and Ka-band telecommunication satellites have boosted this research area. Currently, several projects are active in Italy: some of them exploit signals transmitted across terrestrial networks (RAINBO and MOPRAM), whereas some others make use of satellite links (NEFOCAST and Living LAB). In particular, data collected from Commercial Microwave Links (CML) are key assets of RainBO and MOPRAM. The former is aimed at developing and improving methodologies and tools to mitigate the impact of extreme rainfall events over the Emilia-Romagna region (Bologna and Parma provinces mainly), by implementing, among others, a new monitoring infrastructure based on CMLs. The MOPRAM project (MOnitoring of PRecipitation through A network of Microwave radio links) aims at developing an innovative and efficient tomographic technique to track the spatial variability of rainfall fields for hydrological applications. The 2D rainfall maps retrieved from CML data are used to feed hydrological models and estimate the flow of river basins in two pilot areas in Lombardy.

Primary authors

Pier Paolo Alberoni (ARPAE-SIMC) Matteo Colli (Università di Genova) Prof. Michele D'Amico (Politecnico di Milano) Ms. Cristina Deidda (Politecnico di Milano,) Prof. Carlo De Michele (Politecnico di Milano,) Luca Facheris (Università degli Studi di Firenze) Roberto Nebuloni (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)) Federico Porcù (Università di Bologna) Giacomo Roversi (Università di Bologna) Mr. Angelo Sileo (Politecnico di Milano) Dr. Dario Tagliaferri (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR))

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