A new weather radar installed in Rotterdam city centre
On 10th September 2019, MetaSensing’s “Rijnmond rain-radar” has been installed by the municipality of Rotterdam on the Delftse Poort, the tallest building in the centre of the city with a height of 150 m above ground.
From this privileged position, the radar will be in the condition of observing all meteorological events happening in the south of the Netherlands, up to the Hook of Holland.
The key advantages of this X-band fully-polarimetric weather radar compared to other national radars already deployed are manifold: it offers the capability of not only observing, but also classifying the precipitations (rain, snow, hail, drizzle) and it allows quantifying the amount of water that has fallen with unprecedented geographical resolution (tens of meters) and revisit time (10 seconds to 1 minute).
With this information, it shall be possible for local authorities to deploy preventive actions or countermeasures in support of the population, making wiser decisions. Customers that shall directly benefit from the observations of the Rijnmond rain-radar are the municipality of Rotterdam, the water agencies Hollandse Delta and Delfland, and finally the whole community of the Rijnmond region in the Netherlands.
A better local monitoring of the precipitations is now possible thanks to MetaSensing’s innovative radar instrument, which represents the first step toward the deployment of a national network of high-resolution weather radars.
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