Dutch national rainfall radar project: a unique cooperation

H. Schuurmans, J.M. Verbree, H. Leijnse, K.J. van Heeringen, R. Uijlenhoet, M.F.P. Bierkens, N.C. van de Giesen, J. Gooijer, G.J. van den Houten

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Since January 2013 Dutch watermanagers have access to innovative high-quality rainfall data. This product is innovative because of the following reasons. (i) The product is developed in a 'golden triangle' construction - corporation between government, business and research institutes. (ii) Second the rainfall products are developed according to the open-source GPL license. The initiative comes from a group of water boards in the Netherlands that joined their forces to fund the development of a new rainfall product. Not only data from Dutch radar stations (as is currently done by the Dutch meteorological organization KNMI) is used but also data from radars in Germany and Belgium. After a radarcomposite is made, it is adjusted according to data from raingauges (ground truth). This results in 9 different rainfall products that give for each moment the best rainfall data. This data will be used, depending on the end-user for several applications: (i) forecasts: input for flood early warning systems, (ii) water system analysis: hydrological model input, (iii) optimization: real time control and (iv) investigation of incidents: in case of flooding, who's responsible. The latter is mainly insight in the return period of heavy rainfall events. More info (in Dutch): www.nationaleregenradar.nl
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEGU General Assembly 2013 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 7 Apr 201312 Apr 2013


ConferenceEGU General Assembly 2013

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    Schuurmans, H., Verbree, J. M., Leijnse, H., van Heeringen, K. J., Uijlenhoet, R., Bierkens, M. F. P., van de Giesen, N. C., Gooijer, J., & van den Houten, G. J. (2013). Dutch national rainfall radar project: a unique cooperation. Abstract from EGU General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria. http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2013/EGU2013-14235-2.pdf