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International Journal of Microwave Science and Technology
Volume 2013, Article ID 209067, 4 pages
Research Article

Rainfall Rate Duration Study for Performance Assessment of Satellite Communication Links

1Military Institute of Engineering, Praça General Tibúrcio 80, 22290-270 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
2Brazilian Committee of URSI, Rua Coelho Neto 17, Apartment 301, 22231-110 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Received 14 March 2013; Accepted 19 April 2013

Academic Editor: Giampiero Lovat

Copyright © 2013 Jorge L. Cerqueira and Mauro S. Assis. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The duration of rainfall events as a function of precipitation rate is investigated in this paper. The experimental data used in this study were measured along a rain gauge network with 8 pluviographs located in the Amazon region. The most important point to be highlighted in this study is the evidence of a correlation between rain and fade events durations observed in a 12 GHz satellite link. This result is quite important under the engineering point of view, once it can be used in the design of improvement techniques for low availability satellite systems.