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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(7), 569; doi:10.3390/rs8070569

Similarity and Error Intercomparison of the GPM and Its Predecessor-TRMM Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis Using the Best Available Hourly Gauge Network over the Tibetan Plateau

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State Key Laboratory of Hydroscience and Engineering, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
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Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA
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Academic Editors: Yudong Tian, Ken Harrison, Clement Atzberger and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 28 March 2016 / Revised: 20 June 2016 / Accepted: 30 June 2016 / Published: 7 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Uncertainties in Remote Sensing)
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The performance of Day-1 Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission (IMERG) and its predecessor, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis 3B42 Version 7 (3B42V7), was cross-evaluated using data from the best-available hourly gauge network over the Tibetan Plateau (TP). Analyses of three-hourly rainfall estimates in the warm season of 2014 reveal that IMERG shows appreciably better correlations and lower errors than 3B42V7, though with very similar spatial patterns for all assessment indicators. IMERG also appears to detect light rainfall better than 3B42V7. However, IMERG shows slightly lower POD than 3B42V7 for elevations above 4200 m. Both IMERG and 3B42V7 successfully capture the northward dynamic life cycle of the Indian monsoon reasonably well over the TP. In particular, the relatively light rain from early and end Indian monsoon moisture surge events often fails to be captured by the sparsely-distributed gauges. In spite of limited snowfall field observations, IMERG shows the potential of detecting solid precipitation, which cannot be retrieved from the 3B42V7 products. View Full-Text
Keywords: satellite precipitation; similarity; error intercomparison; GPM; TRMM; Tibetan Plateau satellite precipitation; similarity; error intercomparison; GPM; TRMM; Tibetan Plateau
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Ma, Y.; Tang, G.; Long, D.; Yong, B.; Zhong, L.; Wan, W.; Hong, Y. Similarity and Error Intercomparison of the GPM and Its Predecessor-TRMM Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis Using the Best Available Hourly Gauge Network over the Tibetan Plateau. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 569.

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