Operating the NCAS mobile X-band radar in Cumbria will benefit both the research community and the local community.

RAIN-E has four main objectives:

  1. For the next year, the X-band radar will provide data that will help us examine the potential for improved real-time rainfall observations and flood forecasting capability in Cumbria
  2. The Environment Agency will use this data in conjunction with hydrological modelling to explore the possibility of a permanent radar installation in Cumbria
  3. The National Centre for Atmospheric Science, the Environment Agency, and the Met Office will work together to integrate new radar data into the national radar network.
  4. Information collected throughout the year will help to advance our understanding of weather data over mountainous terrain.