Radar and lightning detection


Weather radar observations are used in a wide range of research activities spanning from hydrology to ornithology. Recent or ongoing research activities making use of RMI radar data are listed hereafter.



  • Hydrological Ensemble Prediction for the Demer and the Ourthe (HEPDO) - Research Department - Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium
  • Combined use of rain gauges, X-band and C-band radars for sewer system applications - Hydraulics Section, Department of Civil Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven)
  • Use of radar observations in a spatially-distributed hydrological model -  Dept. of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • Use of weather radar measurements for real-time river flow forecasting in the Walloon region of Belgium - Center for Systems Engineering and Applied Mechanics (CESAME), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • Estimation of areal reduction factors from radar images - Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management, Ghent University  (UGent)
  • Hydrological modelling of the Ourthe catchment using radar and raingauge data - Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group, Centre for Water and Climate, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University (WUR), Netherlands
  • Combined use with cell phone networks for rainfall estimation in urban areas - Centre de Recherche Public Gabriel Lippmann (CRPGL), Luxembourg

Verification of atmospheric models and observational techniques

  • Verification of NWP Models - Physical and Regional Geography Research Group, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven)
  • Testing of Modelling techniques - General Observation Period (GOP),  International project under the supervision of the Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology of the University of Cologne, Germany
  • Verification of GPS water vapour estimates - Laboratoire de Météorologie Physique - Observatoire de Physique du Globe de Clermont-Ferrand, France


  • Use of radar rainfall data for plant disease forecasting - Département des Sciences et Gestion de l'Environnement, Université de Liège
  • Estimation of leaf wetness duration for risk assessment of plant disease - Centre de Recherche Agricole de Gembloux - Ministère de la Région Wallonne

Aviation safety and ornithology

  • Detection of bird migrations - International project lead by KNMI. More details can be found in the Research & Development pages