March 2019 | WhiteHouse.gov | Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation Working Group
Within the United Nations General Assembly, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) governs the exploration and use of outer space. Their mandate is to strengthen international legal regimes that govern space and to support efforts that maximize the benefits of space science and technology.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for assessments and international policies regarding the behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere and its interaction with terrestrial assets.
“An emerging technique for monitoring the spatial and temporal variability of precipitation is through measurement of the attenuation of microwave radiation associated with commercial cellular telephone networks (for example, Messer at al., 2006). Overeem et al. (2016) demonstrate that the technique can be used to effectively monitor precipitation over an area of 3.5 x 104 km2, but frozen or melting precipitation can lead to uncertainties. The precision of the technique is also reduced in rural areas where the network coverage is low. Nonetheless, Haese et al. (2017) show that combining the data from cellular networks and rain gauges may provide an improved estimate of precipitation over a large area.”