AOPC-22 (Exeter, UK, March 2017) agreed on the creation of a dedicated task-team to work on a proposal on how best to proceed on the use of radar data for climate applications. The motivation for developing climate requirements for radar observations, stems from the need to monitor extreme convective precipitation with high spatial and temporal variations that can be seen only by radar. Extreme precipitation statistics for short durations events, important for hydrological applications, such as flood risk assessment and run-off projection, are currently based on rain gauge in-situ observations and require very long gauge records. Similar statistics could be obtained with shorter records of radar observations. In addition to hydrological applications, there are also regions where identification of dry zones is relevant, e.g. for agriculture and forest fires. Radar data can also be useful for ground-based validation of satellite-based radar data.
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