Comparison of satellite rainfall data with observations from gauging station networks

Hughes, D.A. (2006) Comparison of satellite rainfall data with observations from gauging station networks. Journal of Hydrology, 327 (3&4). pp. 399-410. ISSN 0022-1694



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Networks of ground-based hydro-meteorological observations are frequently sparse in developing countries and the situation is not improving. Part of the reason is the lack of resources available in countries which have more pressing economic and social issues. However, these are also the very countries where improved estimates of water resource availability are required. While hydrological models have the potential to provide the necessary information, without adequately accurate climate (rainfall, evaporation, etc.) input information, it is extremely difficult to establish models and generate representative water resource availability information. This paper reports on a preliminary analysis of the potential for using satellite derived rainfall data through a comparison with available gauge data for four basins in the southern Africa region. It is clear that the satellite data cannot be used directly in conjunction with historical gauge data. Specifically, the satellite data do not reflect the strong influences on precipitation of topography in some of the basins. However, the prospects of applying relatively straightforward adjustments are promising and further assessments appear to be justified.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hydrological models; Satellite rainfall data; Developing countries; Water resources
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for Water Research (IWR)
ID Code:470
Deposited By: Mrs Eileen Shepherd
Deposited On:20 Nov 2006
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