The Kick Off Meeting of the MOPRAM project took place on 30th June in Milan, at the Polytechnic of Milan (Campus Leonardo), Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB). The acronym MOPRAM stands for “MOnitoring PRecipitation through a Network of RAdio Links at Microwaves”, or “MONITORING PRECIPITATION WITH MICROWAVE RADIO NETWORKS“.
- The second part of the morning was dedicated to three presentations related to other projects on the topic of precipitation monitoring.
Marco Folegani (MEEO) presented the RainBO LIFE+ project, which proposes a platform that integrates information on the estimation of the precipitation field, with special attention to extreme events, in a hydrogeological risk management system. The objectives are a) risk mitigation (planning and prevention activities), and b) residual risk management (definition of protocols to manage the alert)
Matteo Colli and Daniele Caviglia (Univ. Genova) described a technique for monitoring the precipitation field, using low-cost sensors connected to satellite TV receivers. The reconstructed maps were presented starting from twenty of these terminals in the Genoa area and a comparison with rain gauges.
Attilio Vaccaro (MBI) presented the Nefocast project, illustrating the monitoring and data transmission platform for the new bidirectional “Smart LNB” satellite terminals (ie with a return channel from the user terminal to the satellite control center) that will replace the current one-way LNBs.
The meeting ended with a discussion between the participants, which focused on:
Critical aspects of the various types of sensors, presented by Fabrizio Cuccoli (CNIT).
Need for an integrated approach to the problem of precipitation monitoring. Using different types of sensors allows for mutual validation, thus facilitating the recognition of errors and malfunctions.
Availability for future collaborations for larger projects.