CR 05:259-267 (1995)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr005259

Rainfall area identification using satellite data

González MH, Velasco I

A technique is presented for determining rainfall areas through the simultaneous use of infrared and near-infrared satellite data. These data are a reduced-resolution version of the original AVHRR (Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer) images from the satellite NOAA-12. The scheme developed was used in order to differentiate among clear sky (or with very few clouds present), raining clouds and non-raining clouds for a mid-latitude region over Argentina. The scheme was developed by applying clustering and discriminant analysis to the maxima obtained from 2-dimensional histograms in the infrared and near-infrared domain. Warm-season data during daylight hours were used to develop and test the scheme. It was tested on 9 dates, and comparison of the classification results with reports from ground stations was encouraging.


Satellite · AVHRR images · Cloud classification · Rainfall · Clustering analysis · Rainfall areas · Discriminant analysis


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