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[Met-jobs] PhD: Urban Rainfall Estimation

From Simone Placidi - EWI <>
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Date Tue, 15 Nov 2011 08:04:39 +0000

Dear Met-Jobs subscribers,

a 4-years PhD position is available at the Remote Sensing of the Environment group at TU Delft in The Netherlands.

The title is Urban Rainfall Estimation.

Project Description

It is the aim of this PhD project to develop methodologies to obtain fine-scale rainfall and flood data in urban areas, such that they can be used to improve the short-term forecast of extreme rain showers. A-new and advanced rainfall radar will be installed in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands as a pilot project, and it will provide high-resolution space-time estimates of rainfall at the urban scale. The availability of fine-scale rainfall and flood data will enable urban water authorities to adequately cope with peak rainfall and will help to prevent the severe pluvial flood damage that in past decades has been associated with these events. This PhD position is part of the RainGain project, a European pilot project for the implementation of rainfall estimates in flood prediction models in order to prevent floods and severe consequences during extreme weather events. The PhD candidate will be working on the development of accurate rainfall rate retrieval algorithms in the urban environment, making use of the polarimetric capabilities available from the radar instrument and combining these data with weather prediction models. Future developments will also include the use of satellite observations in order to extend the radar coverage to a broader area.

You can find more information on the RainGain project at

You can find information and application form at the searching for Academic, Electrical Engineering and Computer science. You select then PhD: Urban Rainfall Estimation.
Thank you for your attention.



Mr. Simone Placidi, MSc
PhD candidate

Delft University of Technology
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Mekelweg 4, 2628 CD, Delft
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0) 15 27 89526

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