EGU21-7298, updated on 10 Nov 2022
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Dynamic rainfall mapping using multi-radar multi-gauge observations in changing synoptic environments

Yabin Gou1 and Haonan Chen3
Yabin Gou and Haonan Chen
  • 1Hangzhou Meteorological Bureau, Hangzhou, China (
  • 3Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA(

It is well known that the performance of radar-derived quantitative precipitation estimates greatly relies on the physical model of the raindrop size distribution (DSD) and the relation between the physical model and radar parameters. However, incorporating changing precipitation microphysics to dynamically adjust the radar reflectivity (Z) and rain rate (R) relations can be challenging for real-time applications. In this study, two adaptive radar rainfall approaches are developed based on the radar-gauge feedback mechanism using 16 S-band Doppler weather radars and 4579 surface rain gauges deployed over the Eastern JiangHuai River Basin (EJRB) in China. Although the Z–R relations in both approaches are dynamically adjusted within a single precipitation system, one is using a single global optimal (SGO) Z–R relation, whereas the other is using different Z–R relations for different storm cells identified by a storm cell identification and tracking (SCIT) algorithm. Four precipitation events featured by different rainfall microphysical characteristics are investigated to demonstrate the performances of these two rainfall mapping methodologies. In addition, the short-term vertical profile of reflectivity (VPR) clusters are extensively analyzed to resolve the storm-scale characteristics of different storm cells. The verification results based on independent gauge observations show that both rainfall estimation approaches with dynamic Z–R relations perform much better than fixed Z–R relations. The adaptive approach incorporating the SCIT algorithm and real-time gauge measurements performs best since it can better capture the spatial variability and temporal evolution of precipitation.

How to cite: Gou, Y. and Chen, H.: Dynamic rainfall mapping using multi-radar multi-gauge observations in changing synoptic environments, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-7298,, 2021.


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