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CR 82:55-73 (2020)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01622

Evaluation of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA v7) in drought monitoring over southwest Iran

Majid Montazeri, Mohammad Sadegh Keikhosravi Kiany*, Seyed Abolfazl Masoodian

Faculty of Geographical Sciences and Planning, University of Isfahan, 8174673441 Isfahan, Iran
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ABSTRACT: Characterizing the errors in satellite-based precipitation estimations for drought monitoring is of great importance, as these estimations provide both spatially and temporally complete records. The aim of this study was to evaluate satellite-based quantitative precipitation estimates to monitor meteorological drought in southwestern Iran. The reliability of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Version 7 products (3B42 and 3B43) in estimating the standardized precipitation index (SPI) was evaluated against a ground-based gridded precipitation dataset at 0.25° spatial resolution for 1998-2016. The analysis conducted for the SPI at various time scales revealed that both products (3B42 and 3B43) are capable of capturing the spatial and temporal behavior of drought events over the study region, with the best performance at SPI6. 3B43 is also more efficient in the identification of shorter severe drought events compared to 3B42. The findings suggest that both satellite products, particularly 3B43, are suitable to be used directly for SPI computation in the region for drought monitoring and early warning in terms of the accuracy and the spatial and temporal resolutions they provide.


KEY WORDS: Drought monitoring · 3B42 · 3B43 · Standardized precipitation index · SPI


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Cite this article as: Montazeri M, Kiany MSK, Masoodian SA (2020) Evaluation of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA v7) in drought monitoring over southwest Iran. Clim Res 82:55-73. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01622

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