The near-real-time satellite-derived precipitation estimates are attractive for a wide range of applications like extreme precipitation monitoring and natural hazard warning. Recently, a gauge-adjusted near-real-time GSMaP precipitation estimate (GSMaP_Gauge_NRT) was produced to improve the quality of the original GSMaP_NRT. In this study, efforts were taken to investigate and validate the performance of the GSMaP_Gauge_NRT using gauge observations over Mainland China. The analyses indicated that GSMaP_NRT generally overestimated the gauge precipitation in China. After calibration, the GSMaP_Gauge_NRT effectively reduced this bias and was more consistent with gauge observations. Results also showed that the correction scheme of GSMaP_Gauge_NRT mainly acted on hit events and could hardly make up the miss events of the satellite precipitation estimates. Finally, we extended the evaluation to the global scale for a broader view of GSMaP_Gauge_NRT. The global comparisons exhibited that the GSMaP_Gauge_NRT was in good agreement with the GSMaP_Gauge product. In conclusion, the GSMaP_Gauge_NRT had better performance than the GSMaP_NRT and was a more reliable near-real-time satellite precipitation product.
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