Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 863–871, 2013
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 863–871, 2013

Technical note 28 Feb 2013

Technical note | 28 Feb 2013

Technical Note: An open source library for processing weather radar data (wradlib)

M. Heistermann1, S. Jacobi1, and T. Pfaff2 M. Heistermann et al.
  • 1University of Potsdam, Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24–25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
  • 2University of Stuttgart, Institut für Wasser- und Umweltsystemmodellierung, Stuttgart, Germany

Abstract. The potential of weather radar observations for hydrological and meteorological research and applications is undisputed, particularly with increasing world-wide radar coverage. However, several barriers impede the use of weather radar data. These barriers are of both scientific and technical nature. The former refers to inherent measurement errors and artefacts, the latter to aspects such as reading specific data formats, geo-referencing, visualisation. The radar processing library wradlib is intended to lower these barriers by providing a free and open source tool for the most important steps in processing weather radar data for hydro-meteorological and hydrological applications. Moreover, the community-based development approach of wradlib allows scientists to share their knowledge about efficient processing algorithms and to make this knowledge available to the weather radar community in a transparent, structured and well-documented way.