Paper No. JAWRA-08-0123-P of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA). Discussions are open until six months from print publication.
Satellite Precipitation Measurements for Water Resource Monitoring1
Version of Record online: 15 MAY 2009
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JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume 45, Issue 3, pages 567–579, June 2009
How to Cite
Kidd, C., Levizzani, V., Turk, J. and Ferraro, R. (2009), Satellite Precipitation Measurements for Water Resource Monitoring. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 45: 567–579. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2009.00326.x
- Issue online: 26 MAY 2009
- Version of Record online: 15 MAY 2009
- Received June 27, 2008; accepted September 30, 2008.
- remote sensing;
- hydrologic cycle;
Abstract: Satellites offer an unrivaled vantage point to observe and measure Earth system processes and parameters. Observations of meteorological phenomena permit a more holistic view of the weather and climate that is not possible through conventional surface observations. Precipitation (rain and snow) in particular, benefit from such observations since precipitation is spatially and temporally highly variable: conventional gauge and radar measurements tend to be land-based with variable coverage. This paper provides an overview of the satellite systems that provide the observations, the techniques used to derive precipitation from the observations, and examples of the precipitation products available for users to access.