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Climate 2017, 5(1), 9; doi:10.3390/cli5010009

A Global ETCCDI-Based Precipitation Climatology from Satellite and Rain Gauge Measurements

Deutscher Wetterdienst, Frankfurter Straße 135, 63067 Offenbach (Main), Germany
Current address: Deutscher Wetterdienst, Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 76, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.
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Received: 25 November 2016 / Revised: 20 January 2017 / Accepted: 4 February 2017 / Published: 16 February 2017
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Abstract

Precipitation is still one of the most complex climate variables to observe, to understand, and to handle within climate monitoring and climate analysis as well as to simulate in numerical weather prediction and climate models. Especially over ocean, less is known about precipitation than over land due to the sparsity of in situ observations. Here, we introduce and discuss a global Expert Team on Climate Change and Indices (ETCCDI)-based precipitation climatology. The basis for computation of this climatology is the global precipitation dataset Daily Precipitation Analysis for Climate Prediction (DAPACLIP) which combines in situ observation data over land and satellite-based remote sensing data over ocean in daily temporal resolution, namely data from the Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC) and the Hamburg Ocean Atmosphere Parameters and Fluxes from Satellite Data (HOAPS) dataset. The DAPACLIP dataset spans the period 1988–2008 and thus the global ETCCDI-based precipitation climatology covers 21 years in total. Regional aspects of the climatology are also discussed with focus on Europe and the monsoon region of south-east Asia. To our knowledge, this is the first presentation and discussion of an ETCCDI-based precipitation climatology on a global scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: precipitation; satellite; climatology; ETCCDI; rain gauge; global precipitation; satellite; climatology; ETCCDI; rain gauge; global
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Dietzsch, F.; Andersson, A.; Ziese, M.; Schröder, M.; Raykova, K.; Schamm, K.; Becker, A. A Global ETCCDI-Based Precipitation Climatology from Satellite and Rain Gauge Measurements. Climate 2017, 5, 9.

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