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Evaluation of Multiple Satellite Precipitation Products and Their Use in Hydrological Modelling over the Luanhe River Basin, China

State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300350, China
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Water 2018, 10(6), 677; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10060677
Received: 26 March 2018 / Revised: 7 May 2018 / Accepted: 14 May 2018 / Published: 24 May 2018
Satellite precipitation products are unique sources of precipitation measurement that overcome spatial and temporal limitations, but their precision differs in specific catchments and climate zones. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the precipitation data derived from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) 3B42RT, TRMM 3B42, and Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information using Artificial Neural Networks (PERSIANN) products over the Luanhe River basin, North China, from 2001 to 2012. Subsequently, we further explore the performances of these products in hydrological models using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model with parameter and prediction uncertainty analyses. The results show that 3B42 and 3B42RT overestimate precipitation, with BIAs values of 20.17% and 62.80%, respectively, while PERSIANN underestimates precipitation with a BIAs of −6.38%. Overall, 3B42 has the smallest RMSE and MAE and the highest CC values on both daily and monthly scales and performs better than PERSIANN, followed by 3B42RT. The results of the hydrological evaluation suggest that precipitation is a critical source of uncertainty in the SWAT model, and different precipitation values result in parameter uncertainty, which propagates to prediction and water resource management uncertainties. The 3B42 product shows the best hydrological performance, while PERSIANN shows unsatisfactory hydrological performance. Therefore, 3B42 performs better than the other two satellite precipitation products over the study area. View Full-Text
Keywords: TRMM 3B42RT; TRMM 3B42; PERSIANN; precipitation evaluation; SWAT model; uncertainty analysis TRMM 3B42RT; TRMM 3B42; PERSIANN; precipitation evaluation; SWAT model; uncertainty analysis
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Ren, P.; Li, J.; Feng, P.; Guo, Y.; Ma, Q. Evaluation of Multiple Satellite Precipitation Products and Their Use in Hydrological Modelling over the Luanhe River Basin, China. Water 2018, 10, 677.

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