Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1359–1380, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1359-2017

Special issue: Rainfall and urban hydrology

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1359–1380, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1359-2017
Review article
07 Mar 2017
Review article | 07 Mar 2017

Weather radar rainfall data in urban hydrology

Søren Thorndahl et al.

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This paper reviews how weather radar data can be used in urban hydrological applications. It focuses on three areas of research: (1) temporal and spatial resolution of rainfall data, (2) rainfall estimation, radar data adjustment and data quality, and (3) nowcasting of radar rainfall and real-time applications. Moreover, the paper provides examples of urban hydrological applications which can benefit from radar rainfall data in comparison to tradition rain gauge measurements of rainfall.