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Comparison and Bias-Correction of Satellite-Derived Precipitation Datasets at Local Level in Northern Kenya

Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino & Università di Torino, 10125 Torino, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2896; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072896
Received: 27 February 2020 / Revised: 23 March 2020 / Accepted: 30 March 2020 / Published: 5 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Risk-Informed Sustainable Development in the Rural Tropics)
Understanding ongoing trends at local level is fundamental in research on climate change. However, in the Global South it is hampered by a lack of data. The scarcity of land-based observed data can be overcome through satellite-derived datasets, although performance varies according to the region. The purpose of this study is to compute the normal monthly values of precipitation for the eight main inhabited areas of North Horr Sub-County, in northern Kenya. The official decadal precipitation dataset from the Kenyan Meteorological Department (KMD), the Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC) monthly dataset and the Climate Hazards Group Infrared Precipitation with Stations (CHIRPS) monthly dataset are compared with the historical observed data by means of the most common statistical indices. The GPCC showed the best fit for the study area. The Quantile Mapping correction is applied to combine the high resolution of the KMD dataset with the high performance of the GPCC set. A new and more reliable bias-corrected monthly precipitation time series for 1983–2014 results for each location. This dataset allows a detailed description of the precipitation distribution through the year, which can be applied in the climate change adaptation and tailored territorial planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: dataset validation; precipitation; Kenya; local climate; ASALs; Quantile Mapping dataset validation; precipitation; Kenya; local climate; ASALs; Quantile Mapping
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Vigna, I.; Bigi, V.; Pezzoli, A.; Besana, A. Comparison and Bias-Correction of Satellite-Derived Precipitation Datasets at Local Level in Northern Kenya. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2896.

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