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Satellite Rainfall Applications for Surface Hydrology

Gebremichael, Mekonnen, Hossain, Faisal (Eds.)

2010, XIII, 327 p.

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  • Up-to-date background on the evolution of high resolution precipitation products
  • Comprehensive assessment of accuracy of high resolution precipitation products
  • State-of-the-art rendition on uncertainty models to account for the errors in high resolution precipitation products
  • Demonstrates various applications of high resolution precipitation products for hydrology across the globe

While there are a growing number of high-resolution space-based systems for measuring precipitation, instances of the use of these products for surface hydrology are rare. This book, which covers both scientific and practical matters, aims to change that. With contributions from a panel of researchers from a wide range of fields, the chapters focus on evaluating the potential, utility and application of high resolution satellite precipitation products in relation to surface hydrology.

Focusing on the way the algorithms for the precipitation products evolved, the accuracy assessment of those products in different regions of the world, and the application of the precipitation products to various decision support systems, the book is at the interface between satellite rainfall and surface hydrologic applications. It dwells on issues that are of concern at hydrologic scales of application. In doing so, it provides very useful information to practitioners, researchers and graduate students who need to explore the latest on satellite precipitation products for various hydrological purposes.

Crucially, the book provides examples of real-world applications of satellite rainfall products in operational hydrology and real-time decision-making. This enables readers to understand the potential of satellite rainfall products for practical applications ranging from agricultural/crop monitoring to flood and landslide detection in developing countries.

Dr. Mekonnen Gebremichael is Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He has extensively published in the field of satellite remote sensing of hydrology. His research projects are funded by NASA, NSF and USAID, among others. Dr. Gebremichael is the recipient of awards including NASA‘s New Investigator Program and IBM Faculty Award.

Dr. Faisal Hossain is Associate Professor of Water Resources in the Civil Engineering department of Tennessee Technological University. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of groundwater contamination mapping, flood prediction, satellite precipitation, transboundary water resources issues and engineering education. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions such as NASA New Investigator Program, American Society of Engineering Education Outstanding New Faculty Research Award and Top Performer Rating by NSF Alan T Waterman Award Committee.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » CMORPH - Northeaster - Precipitation - Rain - Scale - high resolution precipitation - hydrology - moisture - remote sensing - satellite - satellite rainfall - surface hydrology

Related subjects » Atmospheric Sciences - Meteorology - Monitoring & Environmental Analysis

Table of contents 

Evolution of High Resolution Precipitation Products.- The TRMM Multi-Satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA).- CMORPH: A “Morphing” Approach for High Resolution Precipitation Product Generation.- The Self-Calibrating Multivariate Precipitation Retrieval (SCaMPR) for High-Resolution, Low-Latency Satellite-Based Rainfall Estimates.- Extreme Precipitation Estimation Using Satellite-Based PERSIANN-CCS Algorithm.- The Combined Passive Microwave-Infrared (PMIR) Algorithm.- The NRL-Blend High Resolution Precipitation Product and its Application to Land Surface Hydrology.- Kalman Filtering Applications for Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP).- Evaluation of High Resolution Precipitation Products.- Neighborhood Verification of High Resolution Precipitation Products.- A Practical Guide to a Space-Time Stochastic Error Model for Simulation of High Resolution Satellite Rainfall Data.- Regional Evaluation Through Independent Precipitation Measurements: USA.- Comparison of CMORPH and TRMM-3B42 over Mountainous Regions of Africa and South America.- Evaluation Through Independent Measurements: Complex Terrain and Humid Tropical Region in Ethiopia.- Error Propagation of Satellite-Rainfall in Flood Prediction Applications over Complex Terrain: A Case Study in Northeastern Italy.- Probabilistic Assessment of the Satellite Rainfall Retrieval Error Translation to Hydrologic Response.- Real Time Operations for Decision Support Systems.- Applications of TRMM-Based Multi-Satellite Precipitation Estimation for Global Runoff Prediction: Prototyping a Global Flood Modeling System.- Real-Time Hydrology Operations at USDA for Monitoring Global Soil Moisture and Auditing National Crop Yield Estimates.- Real-Time Decision Support Systems: The Famine Early Warning System Network.

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