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Developing a Relationship between NEXRAD Generated Rainfall Values and Rain Gauge Measurements in South Florida

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2006
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The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is an agency which relies on a network of nearly 300 rain gauges in order to provide rainfall data for use in operations, modeling, water supply planning, and environmental projects. However, the prevalence of convective and tropical rain events in South Florida during the wet season presents a challenge in that the current rain gauge network may not fully capture rainfall demonstrating high spatial variability. NEXRAD (Next Generation Radar) technology offers water management officials the advantage of providing a spatial account of rainfall, although the relative quality of radar rainfall measurements remains largely unknown. The intent of this study is to examine the relationship between gauge-adjusted NEXRAD data and corresponding rain gauge measurements in order to assess the relative performance of radar and rain gauge technologies for a variety of different conditions.
Title: Developing a Relationship between NEXRAD Generated Rainfall Values and Rain Gauge Measurements in South Florida.
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Name(s): Skinner, Courtney L.
Bloetscher, Frederick, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2006
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 168 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is an agency which relies on a network of nearly 300 rain gauges in order to provide rainfall data for use in operations, modeling, water supply planning, and environmental projects. However, the prevalence of convective and tropical rain events in South Florida during the wet season presents a challenge in that the current rain gauge network may not fully capture rainfall demonstrating high spatial variability. NEXRAD (Next Generation Radar) technology offers water management officials the advantage of providing a spatial account of rainfall, although the relative quality of radar rainfall measurements remains largely unknown. The intent of this study is to examine the relationship between gauge-adjusted NEXRAD data and corresponding rain gauge measurements in order to assess the relative performance of radar and rain gauge technologies for a variety of different conditions.
Identifier: FA00012554 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2006.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Subject(s): Storms--United States--Florida
Radar meteorology
Precipitation (Meteorology)--Measurement
Rain and rainfall--Measurement
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