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Project ID: 2006FL140B

Title: A Comparison of FSU/NWS and OneRain Precipitation Data and Their Insertion Into the WAM Hydrologic Model

Project Type: Research

Start Date: 03/01/2006

End Date: 02/28/2007

Congressional District: 2

Focus Categories: Climatological Processes, Hydrology

Keywords: Precipitation, Rainfall, Radar, Hydrology

Principal Investigator: Fuelberg, Henry

Federal Funds: $5,000

Non-Federal Matching Funds: $15,000

Abstract: Two widely used procedures by which radar- and gauge-derived rainfall can be optimally combined are those by the OneRain Corporation and the National Weather Service (NWS). The Florida Water Management Districts use rainfall data from the OneRain algorithm. On the other hand, Florida State University (FSU) has employed the National Weather Service scheme to create an historical precipitation database for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Although the methodologies as well as the time and space resolution of each dataset differ, each is being used by their respective agencies to make water management and regulatory decisions. Thus, it is important to know how rainfall values from the two schemes compare to each other. This proposed research will statistically compare results from the two schemes. Such a comparison has never been performed. In addition, we propose to develop procedures such that both versions of data can be inserted into the WAM hydrologic model.

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