Evaluation of global fine-resolution precipitation products and their uncertainty quantification in ensemble discharge simulations (discussion paper)
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
© Author(s) 2015. CC Attribution 3.0 License
The applicability of six fine-resolution precipitation products, including precipitation radar, infrared, microwave and gauge-based products using different precipitation computation recipes, is comprehensively evaluated using statistical and hydrological meth- 5 ods in a usually-neglected area (northeastern China), and a framework quantifying uncertainty contributions of precipitation products, hydrological models and their interactions to uncertainties in ensemble discharges is proposed. The investigated precipitation products include TRMM3B42, TRMM3B42RT, GLDAS/Noah, APHRODITE, PERSIANN and GSMAP-MVK+. Two hydrological models of different complexities, 10 i.e., a water and energy budget-based distributed hydrological model and a physicallybased semi-distributed hydrological model, are employed to investigate the influence of hydrological models on simulated discharges. Results show APHRODITE has high accuracy at a monthly scale compared with other products, and the cloud motion vectors used by GSMAP-MVK+ show huge advantage. These findings could be very use- 15 ful for validation, refinement and future development of satellite-based products (e.g., NASA Global Precipitation Measurement). Although significant uncertainty exists in heavy precipitation, hydrological models contribute most of the uncertainty in extreme discharges. Interactions between precipitation products and hydrological models contribute significantly to uncertainty in discharge simulations and a better precipitation 20 product does not guarantee a better discharge simulation because of interactions. It is also found that a good discharge simulation depends on a good coalition of a hydrological model and a precipitation product, suggesting that, although the satellite-based precipitation products are not as accurate as the gauge-based product, they could have better performance in discharge simulations when appropriately combined with hydro- 25 logical models. This information is revealed for the first time and very beneficial for precipitation product applications.
This study was supported by the National Basic Research Programme (973 programme) of China (Grant No. 2013CB036400). The first author grate- 10 fully acknowledges the financial support provided by the China Scholarship Council. The APHRODITE data were downloaded from http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/precip/products/index.html. The TRMM3B42 data are downloaded from http://mirador.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/mirador/ presentNavigation.pl?tree=project&project=TRMM&dataGroup=Gridded. TRMM3B42RT data are downloaded from ftp://trmmopen.nascom.nasa.gov/pub/merged/mergeIRMicro/. PER- 15 SIANN data are downloaded from http://chrs.web.uci.edu/persiann/data.html. GSMAP-MVK+ data are downloaded from http://sharaku.eorc.jaxa.jp/GSMaP_crest/. The GLDAS data are downloaded from http://mirador.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/mirador/homepageAlt.pl?keyword= GLDAS_NOAH025SUBP_3H. The data of Biliu basin were obtained from the Biliu reservoir administration.
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Please refer to the corresponding final paper which is available via: doi:10.5194/hess-20-903-2016
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