Evaluation and Hydrological Application of TRMM and GPM Precipitation Products in a Tropical Monsoon Basin of Thailand
AbstractWatershed runoff is essential for water management. However, runoff materials are lacking in poorly gauged catchments and not always accessible. Microwave remote sensing offers emerging capabilities for hydrological simulation. In this study based on multi-satellite retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement (IMERG), Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) products, and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) interpolated precipitation data, we simulated runoff using a variable infiltration capacity (VIC) model and studied the differences among the results. Then, we analyzed the impacts of the runoff on a moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer vegetation leaf area index (LAI) during dry seasons. The results showed that (1) IMERG V5 and TRMM products are capable of monitoring the night-day rainfall diurnal cycle and have higher correlations than the WMO daily observation interpolations. However, the WMO shows less overestimation of total precipitation than remote-sensing precipitation; (2) in the downstream, the TRMM shows better runoff simulation accuracy in the tributaries, and the WMO shows better results in the mainstreams. Therefore, at basin outlets in mainstreams, the Nash–Sutcliffe efficiency coefficients of monthly runoff by the WMO are higher than the simulations by the TRMM; (3) for the whole basin during dry seasons, the LAI variation is correlated with the outlet runoff, which is similar to the correlation with three- to six-month accumulated precipitation. TRMM products can be used to depict both precipitation deficit and runoff deficit, which cause vegetation variations. Our research suggests the potential of microwave precipitation products for detailed watershed runoff simulations and water management. View Full-Text
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Li, R.; Shi, J.; Ji, D.; Zhao, T.; Plermkamon, V.; Moukomla, S.; Kuntiyawichai, K.; Kruasilp, J. Evaluation and Hydrological Application of TRMM and GPM Precipitation Products in a Tropical Monsoon Basin of Thailand. Water 2019, 11, 818.
Li R, Shi J, Ji D, Zhao T, Plermkamon V, Moukomla S, Kuntiyawichai K, Kruasilp J. Evaluation and Hydrological Application of TRMM and GPM Precipitation Products in a Tropical Monsoon Basin of Thailand. Water. 2019; 11(4):818.Chicago/Turabian Style
Li, Rui; Shi, Jiancheng; Ji, Dabin; Zhao, Tianjie; Plermkamon, Vichian; Moukomla, Sitthisak; Kuntiyawichai, Kittiwet; Kruasilp, Jiratiwan. 2019. "Evaluation and Hydrological Application of TRMM and GPM Precipitation Products in a Tropical Monsoon Basin of Thailand." Water 11, no. 4: 818.
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