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Comparison of Precipitation Estimates between Version 7 3-Hourly TRMM Multi-Satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) Near-real-time and Research Products

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Zhong Liu, CSISS/George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Over the years, blended methods that use multi-satellite and multi-sensors have been developed for estimating global precipitation and their products are widely used in applications. An example is the 3-hourly TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) Multi-Satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) that consists of two products: near-real-time (3B42RT) and research-grade (3B42). The former provides quick, less accurate estimates suitable for monitoring activities; the latter provides more accurate estimates more suitable for research. Both products have been widely used in research and applications. Nonetheless, to improve near-real-time applications, it is important to understand their difference. In this study, seasonal mean difference, mean absolute difference, root mean square difference, and their inter-annual variations in boreal (June, July and August or JJA) and austral (December, January and February or DJF) summers and in different rain regimes over two surface types are investigated on a large scale (50N50S) from 2000 and 2012.