(searched for: Estimation of Geoclimatic Factor for Nigeria through Meteorological Data)
Published: 1 May 2021
European Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Volume 5, pp 41-44; doi:10.24018/ejece.2021.5.3.191
Geoclimatic factor variable is one of the most important radio climatic variables in the planning of the radio links in any region. A fade margin that takes into account multipath fading has to be incorporated in the link budget in the design of terrestrial line of sight communication system. This work involves the determination of the refractivity gradient over the first 100 m above ground level in Nigeria and by using the determined refractivity gradient, the geo-climatic factor (K) was calculated for typical links in Nigeria. The Geo-climatic factor (K) for the six major cities representing each geopolitical zone in Nigeria is determined in-order to improve future planning of the radio links in the regions. Measurement of meteorological parameters for five years taken in Ikeja, Lagos (Latitude 6º27´11´´N, Longitude 3º23´44´´E), Enugu (Latitude 6º27´35.8704´´N, Longitude 7º32´56.2164´´E), Kaduna (Latitude 10º31´23´´N, Longitude 7º26´25´´E), Port Harcourt (Latitude 4º47´21´´N, Longitude 6º59´54´´E), Kano (Latitude 12º3’N,Longitude 8º32´N) and Abuja (Latitude 9º10´32´´N Longitude 7º10´50´´E) were employed to estimate the country value of K. The pressure, P(hPa), temperature, T(ºC) and the relative humidity, (%), for the six location used were taken for a period of five years (2011-2015). The value of humidity were converted to water vapour pressure, e(hPa). In processing of the data, the average values of each month collected over a period of five years was used. The monthly data was used to calculate the values of the refractivity at the ground level and at 100 m altitude. From the calculated values of refractivity,the values of the refractivity gradient of heights of 65 m and at 100 m was computed and thereafter the geo-climatic factor (K) was calculated for the six geopolitical region of the country.
Published: 1 November 2018
APTIKOM Journal on Computer Science and Information Technologies, Volume 3, pp 77-83; doi:10.11591/aptikom.j.csit.124
Atmospheric weather parameter is dynamic in nature, hence the need for continuous investigation of the anomalous propagation phenomenon. The coastal region is more unique in its characteristics due to the rapid and continuous variation in the weather parameters. This paper presents the results from 10 years (2006 – 2015) of reanalysis data of meteorological parameters (temperature, relative humidity and atmospheric pressure) obtained from European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The data covers some selected stations in the coastal region of Nigeria namely: Port-Harcourt, Warri, Calabar, Arogbo, Oron, Yenagoa and Lagos Island at four synopsies hours of the day (6 hrs, 12 hrs, 18 hrs and 24 hrs). The resolution of the ECMWF data is 0.25 by 0.25. Radio refractivity, refractivity gradient, point refractivity and geoclimatic factor are estimated from the data. Subsequently, the results were used to deduce percentage of fade depth exceedance. The overall resultsa will assist to ascertain the level of signal degradation due to multipath fading and fade depth over the coastal regions of Nigeria