State Water Resources Research Institute Program


Project ID: 2006NM38B
Title: A Physically-based Parsimonious Approach for Spatial Disaggregation and Recovery of NEXRAD Precipitation Data in Mountainous Terrains
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2006
End Date: 2/28/2008
Congressional District: Three
Focus Categories: Climatological Processes, Hydrology, Models
Keywords: precipitation, water management, recharge, runoff
Principal Investigators: Wilson, John L.
Federal Funds: $ 20,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 9,420
Abstract: Mountain rains are a major source of fresh water in New Mexico. Characterizing the spatial variability of precipitation is critical for understanding and predicting both natural and human-influenced hydrologic responses, like recharge, runoff, and reservoir releases. NEXRAD radar is used to provide continuous temporal and spatial precipitation data. This study provides a statistical approach to improve the quality of NEXRAD estimation, which will be valuable to water resources managers, water regulators, planners, and decision makers like the Office of the State Engineer and the Interstate Stream Commission.

Year two of the project is proposed for funding.

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