Articles | Volume 2
Adv. Geosci., 2, 293–299, 2005
Adv. Geosci., 2, 293–299, 2005

  17 Aug 2005

17 Aug 2005

Multifractal analysis of radar rainfall fields over the area of Rome

G. Calenda1, E. Gorgucci2, F. Napolitano3, A. Novella1, and E. Volpi1 G. Calenda et al.
  • 1Department of “Scienze dell’Ingegneria Civile", University of “Roma Tre", Rome, Italy
  • 2Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
  • 3D.I.T.S. no. 37, University of “La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

Abstract. A scale-invariance analysis of space and time rainfall events monitored by meteorological radar over the area of Rome (Italy) is proposed. The study of the scale-invariance properties of intense precipitation storms, particularly important in flood forecast and risk mitigation, allows to transfer rainfall information from the large scale predictive meteorological models to the small scale hydrological rainfall-runoff models.

Precipitation events are monitored using data collected by the polarimetric Doppler radar Polar 55C (ISAC-CNR), located 15 km Southeast from downtown. The meteorological radar provides the estimates of rainfall intensity over an area of about 10 000 km2 at a resolution of 2×2 km2 in space and 5 min in time.

Many precipitation events have been observed from autumn 2001 up to now. A scale-invariance analysis is performed on some of these events with the aim at exploring the multifractal properties and at understanding their dependence on the meteorological large-scale conditions.