Dr. Christian Chwala

research associate
Regional Climate and Hydrology
Phone: +49 8821 183 246

Research Foci

  • Precipitation detection using data from commercial microwave links

  • Data fusion of different precipitation sensors

  • Machine learning and HPC infrastructure for analysis and data processing


Research Projects

Current projects:

HoWa-innovativ: More accurate forecasting of floods by improving precipitation measurement using data from commercial microwave links (CMLs)

RealPEP: Near-Realtime Quantitative Precipitation Estimation and Prediction (DFG)

IMAP: Integrating Microwave Link Data For Analysis of Precipitation in Complex Terrain: Theoretical Aspects and Hydrometeorological Applications (DFG)


Finished projects:

PROCEMA: Regional Precipitation Observation by Cellular Network Microwave Attenuation and Application to Water Resources Management (HGF)

Recent Publications

C. Moroder, U. Siart, C. Chwala and H. Kunstmann, 2019: Modeling of Wet Antenna Attenuation for Precipitation Estimation From Microwave Links, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2019.2922768


Chwala, C. and Kunstmann, H., 2019: Commercial microwave link networks for rainfall observation: Assessment of the current status and future challenges. Wiley Interdiscip. Rev. Water 6, e1337. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1337


Haese, B., Hörning, S., Chwala, C., Bárdossy, A., Schalge, B., Kunstmann, H., 2017: Stochastic Reconstruction and Interpolation of Precipitation Fields Using Combined Information of Commercial Microwave Links and Rain Gauges. Water Resources Research, 53, 10,740-10,756.


Smiatek, G., Keis, F., Chwala, C., Fersch, B., and Kunstmann, H., 2017: Potential of commercial microwave link network derived rainfall for river runoff simulations, Environ. Res. Lett. 12 034026.


Chwala, C., Keis, F., and Kunstmann, H., 2016: Real-time data acquisition of commercial microwave link networks for hydrometeorological applications, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 991-999, doi:10.5194/amt-9-991-2016

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2019     Research Associate at the Department of Regional Climate and Hydrology

2012-2018      Research Associate at KIT (IMK-IFU)

2008-2012      PhD Student at KIT (IMK-IFU)

2001-2008      study of physics at the University of Regensburg