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The IPWG satellite precipitation validation effort

Kidd, C., Shige, S., Vila, D., Tarnavsky, E., Yamamoto, M. K., Maggioni, V. and Maseko, B. (2020) The IPWG satellite precipitation validation effort. In: Levizzani, V., Kidd, C., Kirschbaum, D. B., Kummerow, C. D., Nakamura, K. and Turk, F. J. (eds.) Satellite Precipitation Measurement. Advances in Global Change Research, 2 (69). Springer, pp. 453-470. ISBN 9783030357979

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The estimation of precipitation (rainfall and snowfall) across the Earth’s surface is important for both science and user applications, ranging from understanding and improving our knowledge of the global energy and water cycle, to water resources and hydrological modelling, and to societal applications such as water availability and monitoring of waterborne diseases (see Kirschbaum DB, Huffman GJ, Adler RF, Braun S, Garrett K, Jones E, McNally A, Skofronick-Jackson G, Stocker E, Wu H, Zaitchik BF, Bull Am Meteorol Soc 98:1169–1194, 2017). The global mapping of precipitation through conventional means is essentially limited to land areas due to the reliance upon rain (and snow) gauges and/or radar (see Kidd C, Becker A, Huffman GJ, Muller CL, Joe P, Skofronick-Jackson G, Kirschbaum DB, Bull Am Meteorol Soc 98:69–78, 2017a). For truly global precipitation mapping satellite observations must be used. A range of techniques, algorithms and schemes have been developed to exploit these satellite observations and generate quantitative precipitation products, many with (quasi-) global coverage. Alongside these techniques, there is a need for the inter-comparison, verification, and validation of such products in order to quantify their accuracy and performance (and consistency) for both developers and users. The International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG) has supported a long-term effort to inter-compare and validate precipitation products through the exploitation of large-scale regional surface reference data sets. Here, we present the current and future validation efforts of the IPWG together with examples of satellite-surface inter-comparisons.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:91054

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