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Evaluation of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission 3B43 product over an inland area in Brazil and the effects of satellite boost on rainfall estimates

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Curtarelli, Marcelo Pedroso [1] ; Renno, Camilo Daleles [2] ; Alcantara, Enner Herenio [3]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Natl Inst Space Res, Remote Sensing Div, BR-12227010 Sao Jose Dos Campos - Brazil
[2] Natl Inst Space Res, Image Proc Div, BR-12227010 Sao Jose Dos Campos - Brazil
[3] Sao Paulo State Univ, Dept Cartog, BR-19060900 Presidente Prudente - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 7

The main objective of this study was to evaluate the monthly mean areal rainfall estimated using the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) 3B43 version 7 product over an inland area in Central Brazil. Furthermore, we investigated the effect of TRMM orbit boost (in August 2001) over the 3B43 estimates. The TRMM 3B43 estimates were compared to reference rainfall data, collected at 67 rain gauge stations irregularly distributed in the study area. The results showed a good agreement between the TRMM 3B43 areal monthly mean rainfall estimations and reference data (r > 0.97). The error analysis showed that the TRMM 3B43 product tends to overestimate the areal monthly mean rainfall at approximately 1.24%. The root-mean-square error (RMSE) for the entire period was 19.66 mmmonth-1 (15.75%). A Monte Carlo simulation and Wilcoxon statistical test showed that the RMSE increased significantly (p-value < 0.01) after the boost, rising from 15.20 to 23.06 mmmonth-1. However, the increase in the RMSE does not preclude the use of the TRMM 3B43 product for estimating the monthly mean areal rainfall over the Upper Parana watershed. The impacts of boost on TRMM 3B43 estimates were observed only for rainfall rates higher than 250 mmmonth-1. (C) 2014 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) (AU)

FAPESP's process: 08/57719-9 - Program on Climate Change - INCT CLIMA
Grantee:Carlos Afonso Nobre
Support type: Research Program on Global Climate Change - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/15075-8 - Numerical Study of Circulation and Thermodynamics of Itumbiara Reservoir Water
Grantee:Enner Herenio de Alcântara
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 07/08103-2 - Study of circulation, water quality and land use in the Itumbiara Reservoir hydrographic basin
Grantee:José Luiz Stech
Support type: Regular Research Grants