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Error analysis of the rain rate from TRMM precipitation radar using the ground-based observations over Korea
Author(s): Ae-Sook Suh; Hye Sook Park; Se Jin Jang
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Paper Abstract

Preliminary error analysis results of the near surface rain rate (NSR) measured by Precipitation Radar (PR) onboard Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite are introduced in this paper. Statistical errors are analyzed by comparison of rain rates measured by TRMM PR and ground- based Instruments, i.e. Automatic Weather System (AWS) over Korean peninsula. The ground and satellite measurements are fundamentally different time and spatial resolution. AWSs sample the rainfall continuously in time but at a separate point, while TRMM PR samples an area average over the field of view but a snapshot in time. Therefore the comparison of two data with different temporal and spatial resolution include much errors. The purpose of this study is to investigate the errors according to the field of view of averaged grid, the number of AWS stations and the threshold of rain rate. However, in this paper we will introduce only the variations of errors by the number of AWS in a FOV and by the averaging time of rainrate, in advance. Results show that the RMSEs are decreased inversely by the number of AWS rain gauges, but correlation coefficients (CC) are increased as the number of AWS rain gauges are more. In addition, the CC according to the number of AWS tend to increase as the averaging time is longer and shows opposite relation with RMSE. The PR agrees well to the AWSs with the highest CC of 0.79 and the smallest RMSE of 2.285. The RMSE is smallest when 10 rain gauges in a grid averaged for 30 minutes. However the PR seems to estimate rain rate lower than AWSs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4152, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment II, (21 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410593
Show Author Affiliations
Ae-Sook Suh, Meteorological Research Institute (South Korea)
Hye Sook Park, Meteorological Research Institute (South Korea)
Se Jin Jang, Meteorological Research Institute (South Korea)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4152:
Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment II
Thomas T. Wilheit; Harunobu Masuko; Hiroyuki Wakabayashi, Editor(s)

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