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Spatial downscaling of TRMM precipitation data considering the impacts of macro-geographical factors and local elevation in the Three-River Check for updates Headwaters Region
Zhang, Tao1,2; Li, Baolin1,2; Yuan, Yecheng1; Gao, Xizhang1; Sun, Qingling1,2; Xu, Lili3,4; Jiang, Yuhao1,2
2018-09-15
Source PublicationREMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT
ISSN0034-4257
Volume215Pages:109-127
Corresponding AuthorLi, Baolin(libl@lreis.ac.cn)
AbstractPrecipitation products with high spatial resolution are important for basin-scale hydrological and meteorological applications. Downscaling techniques commonly used with satellite-derived rainfall data build statistical regression relationships between the precipitation and land surface characteristics to obtain rainfall estimates with improved spatial resolution. However, these relationships tend to be extended mistakenly from the regional scale to the hill slope scale. This paper introduces a quadratic parabolic profile (QPP) model for downscaling precipitation. The proposed technique uses a quadratic parabolic equation to express the rule for changes of precipitation with elevation. It is assumed that precipitation is the primary factor restricting vegetation growth during the growing season. Therefore, an ordinary least square regression method is used to fit an "elevation-normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI)" function to determine the parameters of the QPP model. This method was implemented in the Three-River Headwaters Region (TRHR) during the growing seasons of 2009-2013 for both monthly and total precipitation. The results indicated that the precipitation estimates downscaled using the QPP method had higher accuracies than those of commonly used exponential regression, multiple linear regression, and geographically weighted regression models. The average root mean square errors (RMSEs) and mean absolute percent errors (MAPEs) of total precipitation during the growing season of the commonly used models were 17%-69% and 17%-92% higher, respectively, than those of the QPP model. Meanwhile, the precipitation downscaled using the QPP technique also had lower MAPEs and RMSEs than the PERSIANN-CCS, PERSIANN-CDR, GSMaP-RNL, and GSMaP-RNLG products. Downscaled precipitation estimates from the QPP model exhibited patterns with elevation that were more detailed and more reliable than from the commonly used downscaling methods and another four satellite products. In addition, the QPP model is insensitive to errors in the NDVI or elevation. These findings suggest the proposed approach could be implemented successfully to downscale both monthly and total precipitation of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) 3B43 product throughout the growing season in the TRHR.
KeywordDownscaling Precipitation TRMM NDVI DEM Three-River Headwaters Region
DOI10.1016/j.rse.2018.06.004
WOS KeywordLAND-SURFACE CHARACTERISTICS ; NDVI-RAINFALL RELATIONSHIP ; CENTRAL GREAT-PLAINS ; GLOBAL PRECIPITATION ; GAUGE OBSERVATIONS ; TROPICAL RAINFALL ; PASSIVE MICROWAVE ; SEMIARID REGIONS ; NEURAL-NETWORK ; ANALYSIS TMPA
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Key R&D Program of China[2016YFC0500205] ; National Basic Research Program of China[2015CB954103] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41701474]
Funding OrganizationNational Key R&D Program of China ; National Basic Research Program of China ; National Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Remote Sensing ; Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences ; Remote Sensing ; Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
WOS IDWOS:000440776000010
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/54397
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorLi, Baolin
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, State Key Lab Resources & Environm Informat Syst, Room 1308,Datun Rd 11A, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Cent China Normal Univ, Key Lab Geog Proc Anal & Simulat Hubei Prov, Wuhan 430079, Hubei, Peoples R China
4.Cent China Normal Univ, Coll Urban & Environm Sci, Wuhan 430079, Hubei, Peoples R China
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Zhang, Tao,Li, Baolin,Yuan, Yecheng,et al. Spatial downscaling of TRMM precipitation data considering the impacts of macro-geographical factors and local elevation in the Three-River Check for updates Headwaters Region[J]. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT,2018,215:109-127.
APA Zhang, Tao.,Li, Baolin.,Yuan, Yecheng.,Gao, Xizhang.,Sun, Qingling.,...&Jiang, Yuhao.(2018).Spatial downscaling of TRMM precipitation data considering the impacts of macro-geographical factors and local elevation in the Three-River Check for updates Headwaters Region.REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT,215,109-127.
MLA Zhang, Tao,et al."Spatial downscaling of TRMM precipitation data considering the impacts of macro-geographical factors and local elevation in the Three-River Check for updates Headwaters Region".REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT 215(2018):109-127.
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