Accurate and timely hydrological forecasts are key to ensure water safety. These forecasts highly depend on the meteorological input. Current numerical weather predictions do not have sufficiently high spatial and temporal resolutions for adequate use at short lead times (up to 6 hours). Radar nowcasting, the extrapolation of precipitation radar images, seems to be a solution for these short lead times. This study will investigate the potential and possible improvements of radar nowcasting, and its application in operational flood forecasting and real-time control, for different systems, regions and precipitation types on different scales.
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