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Special Issue "Rain Sensors"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Filippo Giannetti
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione (DII), University of Pisa, Italy
Interests: wireless and mobile communications; satellite communications systems; radiopropagation; photonics; environmental monitoring; digital signal processing
Prof. Dr. Luca Giovanni Lanza
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica e Ambientale (DICCA), University of Genoa, Italy
Interests: physical/stochastic hydrology; precipitation measurement instruments; modeling space-time rainfall fields; floods and flash floods; basin hydrology; distributed hydrological modeling; river geomorphology; sustainable urban hydrology; storm water quality/water treatment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Rain detection and monitoring is essential for many human activities, such as agriculture, water management, transportation, tourism, and leisure. Furthermore, the increasing occurrence of extreme precipitation events caused by climate changes calls for urgent improvements in operational measurement techniques of the rainfall amount and intensity. Therefore, the need for the development of new sensors, together with the definition of the relevant calibration and standardization procedures, becomes ever more pressing.

In this context, this Special Issue aims to collect a number of papers about rain sensor technologies and applications, with the goal of providing the readership with an understanding of operating principles, state-of-the-art, applications, and future trends of such devices. This Special Issue thus welcomes contributions by researchers from both academia and industry on all aspects of rain sensor technologies and applications, spanning over different measuring principles, measurement scales, and the measured characteristics of the rainfall process (intensity, drop size distribution, fall velocity, etc.). Papers are also invited on the various aspects of sensor calibration, uncertainty assessment, standardization, and validation.

Contributions can be in the form of tutorials, surveys, and feature papers presenting the state-of-the-art of the technology, applications, case studies, prototypes, results of measurement campaigns, and innovative solutions.

Prof. Filippo Giannetti
Prof. Dr. Luca Giovanni Lanza
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sensors is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Rain sensors
  • weather stations
  • meteorology
  • climatology
  • hydrology
  • civil protection
  • agriculture
  • water management
  • automotive
  • environmental monitoring
  • rain fading

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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