Cellular communication networks across countries could be used to map rainfall.
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Cellular networks could map rainfall patterns

Feb 6, 2013

Cellular communication networks can be used to accurately predict large-scale rainfall distribution patterns in real time, according to researchers in the Netherlands. The team created rainfall maps for the whole of the Netherlands by using data from a mobile network in the country. This was based on measurements of the attenuation of microwave signal levels across 2400 network links over a four-month period. The resulting maps had a strong correlation with the same measurements taken by the conventional techniques of weather radar and rain gauges.

Read more: Cellular networks could map rainfall patterns – physicsworld.com.

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