Commercial microwave link data for rainfall monitoring

doi: 10.4121/7a692e36-c32f-4916-813b-c62d2566e8d8.v2
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doi: 10.4121/7a692e36-c32f-4916-813b-c62d2566e8d8
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Aart Overeem (2023): Commercial microwave link data for rainfall monitoring. Version 2. 4TU.ResearchData. dataset.
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version 2 - 2023-05-12 (latest)
version 1 - 2019-11-25
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The Netherlands
time coverage
21 days in the period 9 June up to and including 11 September 2011; all days from 30 May up to and including 1 September 2012
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Dataset of commercial microwave link (CML) data, which can be used to estimate path-average rainfall between telephone towers. Contains microwave frequency, end date & time of reading, minimum & maximum received power, path length, coordinates, and link identifier. For a network of on average ~2500 links covering the Netherlands having a temporal resolution of 15 min. The dataset, which consists of two files, can be used with the open-source R package RAINLINK ( to estimate path-averaged rainfall and to make rainfall maps. Data have been used in the mentioned papers under "link to publication", but these use either a subset of the dataset or also other data.

  • 2019-11-25 first online
  • 2023-05-12 published, posted
4TU.Centre for Research Data
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Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group, Wageningen University & Research
R&D Observations and Data Technology, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)


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