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Statistical and Hydrological Evaluations of Multiple Satellite Precipitation Products in the Yellow River Source Region of China

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State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering, Nanjing 210098, China
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College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
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Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI), Nanjing 210029, China
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Technological Institute of Merida, Technological Avenue, Merida 97219, Mexico
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Water 2020, 12(11), 3082; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113082
Received: 21 September 2020 / Revised: 23 October 2020 / Accepted: 31 October 2020 / Published: 3 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydrological Modeling in Water Cycle Processes)
Comprehensively evaluating satellite precipitation products (SPPs) for hydrological simulations on watershed scales is necessary given that the quality of different SPPs varies remarkably in different regions. The Yellow River source region (YRSR) of China was chosen as the study area. Four SPPs were statistically evaluated, namely, the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) 3B42V7, Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information using Artificial Neural Networks Climate Data Record (PERSIANN-CDR), Integrated Multisatellite Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement final run (IMERG-F), and gauge-corrected Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP-Gauge) products. Subsequently, the hydrological utility of these SPPs was assessed via the variable infiltration capacity hydrological model on a daily temporal scale. Results show that the four SPPs generally demonstrate similar spatial distribution pattern of precipitation to that of the ground observations. In the period of January 1998 to December 2016, 3B42V7 outperforms PERSIANN-CDR on basin scale. In the period of April 2014 to December 2016, GSMaP-Gauge demonstrates the highest precipitation monitoring capability and hydrological utility among all SPPs on grid and basin scales. In general, 3B42V7, IMERG-F, and GSMaP-Gauge show a satisfactory hydrological performance in streamflow simulations in YRSR. IMERG-F has an improved hydrological utility than 3B42V7 in YRSR. View Full-Text
Keywords: Yellow River source region; satellite precipitation products; streamflow simulation; Variable Infiltration Capacity model Yellow River source region; satellite precipitation products; streamflow simulation; Variable Infiltration Capacity model
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Zhao, C.; Ren, L.; Yuan, F.; Zhang, L.; Jiang, S.; Shi, J.; Chen, T.; Liu, S.; Yang, X.; Liu, Y.; Fernandez-Rodriguez, E. Statistical and Hydrological Evaluations of Multiple Satellite Precipitation Products in the Yellow River Source Region of China. Water 2020, 12, 3082. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113082

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Zhao C, Ren L, Yuan F, Zhang L, Jiang S, Shi J, Chen T, Liu S, Yang X, Liu Y, Fernandez-Rodriguez E. Statistical and Hydrological Evaluations of Multiple Satellite Precipitation Products in the Yellow River Source Region of China. Water. 2020; 12(11):3082. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113082

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Zhao, Chongxu; Ren, Liliang; Yuan, Fei; Zhang, Limin; Jiang, Shanhu; Shi, Jiayong; Chen, Tao; Liu, Shuya; Yang, Xiaoli; Liu, Yi; Fernandez-Rodriguez, Emmanuel. 2020. "Statistical and Hydrological Evaluations of Multiple Satellite Precipitation Products in the Yellow River Source Region of China" Water 12, no. 11: 3082. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113082

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