IGiG team members (Dr Tomasz Hadaś, Dr Jan Kapłon, MSc Estera Trzcina) have joined a EU COST Action OPENSENSE No. CA20136 "Opportunistic precipitation sensing network"
for a period 2021-2025. The action aims to establish a network of opportunistic precipitation sensors (OS) and to lead coordinated activities to deepen and promote knowledge about the use of OS in determining the location and intensity of the precipitation.
Opportunistic sensors include radio links in the Ka and higher microwave bands (above 10 GHz), both terrestrial and satellite, and amateur weather stations with precipitation recording capabilities. The SpaceOS team has previously used the opportunistic property of GNSS signals to detect Integrated Water Vapour (IWV) in the atmosphere and forecast weather, including precipitation. As the rapid precipitation events are usually local, thus their spatial identification using sparse networks of rain gauges is often of limited quality. On the other hand, the potential of the opportunistic precipitation sensors is constantly increasing since their number has already exceeded traditional in-situ observations. The combination of remote opportunistic methods for determining water vapour content and precipitation in the atmosphere will allow for a better prediction and monitoring of the rain events.
In connection to the participation of the IGiG employees in the action COST CA20136 OPENSENSE, it is possible to obtain a travel grant for young scientists
from WUELS (up to 40 years) for conferences related to the subject of the action, taking place until the end of October 2022. Details are described in the call announcement
. The call for applications is until April 30, 2022. The results will be announced on May 15, 2022.