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New Manual of Practice Focuses Rainfall Estimation
December 13, 2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) new book, Radar Rainfall Data Estimation and Use, MOP 139, provides a detailed look at the basic philosophy and principles for estimating and analyzing radar rainfall data and analyzing data. Radar-derived rainfall estimation is one of the most significant recent advances in hydrologic engineering and practice. Rain gauges provide point values of rainfall depth and intensity but are not cost effective in providing information about the spatial distribution of rainfall, whereas radar-derived rainfall data provides a density of measurements that are not obtainable by rain gauges alone. Combining these two sensor systems produces better rainfall estimates that more accurately characterize rainfall across a watershed.

Topics covered in this manual of practice include an introduction to radar rainfall estimation, the characteristics, methodology and modeling. The book also has examples of radar rainfall data analysis and data applications.

MOP 139 will be a valuable resource for government agencies, a framework for engineering firms, practicing engineers, researchers, and students working in the hydrologic engineering field.

To purchase online visit the ASCE Bookstore.

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