Shadowing
Shadowing is the effect that the received signal power fluctuates due to objects obstructing the propagation path between transmitter and receiver. These fluctuations are experienced on localmean powers, that is, shortterm averages to remove fluctuations due to multipath fading.
Experiments reported by Egli in 1957 showed that, for paths longer than a few hundred meters, the received (localmean) power fluctuates with a 'lognormal' distribution about the areamean power. By 'lognormal' is meant that the localmean power expressed in logarithmic values, such as dB or neper, has a normal (i.e., Gaussian) distribution.
We distinguish between
 local means
average over about 40l, to remove multipath fading
denoted by a single overline
 area means
average over tens or hundreds of meters, to remove multipath fading and shadowing
denoted by a
double overbar.
The
received power P_{Log} expressed in logarithmic units (neper), is defined as the natural logarithm of the localmean power over the areamean power, thus
It
has the normal probability density
where
s
is the 'logarithmic standard deviation' in natural units.
The standard deviation in dB is found
from s = 4.34 s.
For instance s = 6 dB shadowing is equivalent to
s = 1.36.
If we convert 'nepers' to 'watts', the lognormal distribution
of received (localmean) power is found
.
Here the factor "1/localmean power"
occurs due to the conversion of the pdf of P_{Log} to localmean power.
Depth of Shadowing: s
Egli studied the error in a propagation model predicting the path loss, using only distance, antenna heights and frequency. For average terrain, he reported a logarithmic standard deviation of about s = 8.3 dB and 12 dB for VHF and UHF frequencies, respectively. Such large fluctuations are caused not only by local shadow attenuation by obstacles in the vicinity of the antenna, but also by largescale effects (hills, foliage, etc.) along the path profile, which cause attenuation. Hence, any estimate of the areamean power which ignores these effects may be coarse.
This lognormal fluctuation was called 'largearea shadowing' by Marsan, Hess and Gilbert. They measured semicircular routes in Chicago , thus fixing distance to the base station, antenna heights and frequency, but measuring different path profiles.
The standard deviation of the path loss ranged from 6.5 dB to 10.5 dB, with a median of 9.3 dB. This 'largearea' shadowing thus reflects shadow fluctuations if the vehicle moves over many kilometers.
In contrast to this, in most papers on mobile propagation, only 'smallarea shadowing' is considered: lognormal fluctuations of the localmean power are measured when the antenna moves over a distance of tens or hundreds of metres. Marsan et al. reported a median of 3.7 dB for small area shadowing. Preller and Koch measured localmean powers at 10 m intervals and studied shadowing over 500 m intervals. The maximum standard deviation experienced was about 7 dB, but 50% of all experiments showed shadowing of less than 4 dB.
Mawaira of the Netherlands' PTT Research modelled largearea and smallarea shadowing as two independent superimposed Markovian processes:
 3 dB with coherence distance over 100 m, plus
 4 dB with coherence distance 1200 m
Implications for Cell Planning
Shadowing makes practical cell planning complicated.
To fully predict local shadow attenuation, uptodate and highly detailed terrain data bases are needed.
If one extends the distinction between largearea and smallarea shadowing, the definition of shadowing covers any statistical fluctuation of the received localmean power about a certain areamean power, with the latter determined by (predictable) largescale mechanisms. Multipath propagation is separated from shadow fluctuations by considering the localmean powers. That is,
the standard deviation of the shadowing will depend on the geographical resolution of the estimate of the areamean power. A propagation model which ignores specific terrain data produces about 12 dB of shadowing. On the other hand, prediction methods using topographical data bases with unlimited resolution can, at least in theory, achieve a standard deviation of 0 dB. Thus, the standard deviation is a measure of the impreciseness of the terrain description. If, for generic system studies, the (largescale) path loss is taken of simple form depending only on distance but
not on details of the path profile, the standard deviation will necessarily be large. On the other hand, for the planning of a practical network in a certain (known) environment, the accuracy of the largescale propagation model may be refined. This may allow a spectrally more efficient planning if the cellular layout is optimised for the propagation environment.
Exercise
The areamean power corresponds to the logarithmic average of the received local mean power.
Show that the linear average and higherorder moments of the localmean power are of the form
E[power^{n}] = (areamean power)^{n} exp(+n^{2}s^{2}/2)
The linear average is thus not identical to the areamean power, except in the limiting case of s = 0.
With shadowing, the interference power accumulates more rapidly than proportional
to the number of signals. The accumulation of multiple
signals with shadowing is a relevant issue in the planning of cellular networks.
How do systems handle shadowing?
 System 
Countermeasure


 GSM

 Frequency planning and base station location
 Adaptive transmit power control

 DECT


 IS95
Cellular CDMA

 Power control. Power control in IS95 is also needed to achieve sufficient
performance of the
CDMA receiver.
 Base station locations

 Digital Audio Broadcasting

