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Remote Sensing, Vol. 10, Pages 1778: Comparison of TMPA-3B42RT Legacy Product and the Equivalent IMERG Products over Mainland China (Remote Sensing)
 




The near-real-time legacy product of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (3B42RT) and the equivalent products of Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement mission (IMERG-E and IMERG-L) were evaluated and compared over Mainland China from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016 at the daily timescale, against rain gauge measurements. Results show that: (1) Both 3B42RT and IMERG products overestimate light rain (0.1–9.9 mm/day), while underestimate moderate rain (10.0–24.9 mm/day) to heavy rainstorm (≥250.0 mm/day), with an increase in mean (absolute) error and a decrease in relative mean absolute error (RMAE). The IMERG products perform better in estimating light rain to heavy rain (25.0–49.9 mm/day), and heavy rainstorm, while 3B42RT has smaller error magnitude in estimating light rainstorm (50.0–99.9 mm/day) and moderate rainstorm (100.0–249.9 mm/day). (2) Higher rainfall intensity associates with better detection. Threshold values are <2.0 mm/day, below which 3B42RT is unreliable at detecting rain; and <1.0 mm/day, below which both 3B42RT and IMERG products are more likely to cause false alarms. (3) Generally, both 3B42RT and IMERG products perform better in wet areas with relatively heavy rainfall intensity and/or during wet season than in dry areas with relatively light rainfall intensity and/or during dry season. Compared with 3B42RT, IMERG-E and IMERG-L constantly improve performance in space and time, but it is not obvious in dry areas and/or during dry season. The agreement between IMERG products and rain gauge measurements is low and even negative for different rainfall intensities, and the RMAE is still at a high level (>50%), indicating the IMERG products remain to be improved. This study will shed light on research and application during the transition in multi-satellite rainfall products from TMPA to IMERG and future algorithms improvement.


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