A multi-sensor merged analysis of high-resolution global precipitation analysis
First, bias correction is performed for the CMORPH satellite estimates. This is done by matching the PDF of the CMORPH estimates with the daily gauge analysis over land and with the pentad GPCP analysis over ocean. The correction coefficients are applied to remove the bias in the CMORPH at its original resolution of 8Km/30-min. The bias corrected CMORPH is then accumulated to a time/space resolution of hourly/0.25olat/lon. Over the global land areas, the bias corrected CMORPH is further accumulated to daily time scale and combined with the gauge analysis for improved quality. This is done through the optimal interpolation (OI) technique in which the satellite estimates are used as the first guess while the gauge data are utilized to refine the first guess over areas with station observations. Examinations of this new gauge-satellite merged precipitation analysis showed substantial improvements against the input gauge analysis, the CMORPH satellite estimates, and the previous CPC merged analyses. Details of the data sets construction and their applications will be presented at the workshop.