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RAINFALL AND FLOW FORECAST FOR THE PANAMA CANAL

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Sponsors: Panama Canal Authority/NOAA
StartDate: 05/1997
PI/Co-PIs: Dr. Georgakakos
Collaborators: Witold F. Krajewski, K2 Tech, L.L.C.

The goal of the research and development work described herein was to design, implement and test a prototype software system for the operational estimation and prediction of rainfall and streamflow in the sub catchments of the Panama Canal watershed. Available operational data in the Watershed include fifteen-minute weather radar reflectivity, hourly rainfall, discharge and surface weather reports from telemetered raingauges (ALERT), upper air radiosonde observations from weather balloons launched twice daily, and twice-daily ETA model forecasts produced for North America by the U.S. National Weather Service. The software developed, PANMAP, integrates the variety of observations and produces hourly estimates and forecasts of rainfall in real time. It has been in operation at the Canal since 1998.