Journal article

Evaluation of TMPA 3B42 daily precipitation estimates of tropical cyclone rainfall over Australia

Y Chen, EE Ebert, KJE Walsh, NE Davidson

Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres | American Geophysical Union | Published : 2013


Heavy rain from tropical cyclone (TC) landfall has extensive impacts on human life and society. Its estimation is subject to considerable uncertainty, especially in Australian tropical regions. In this study we evaluate the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) 3B42 rainfall estimates in landfalling TCs over Australia. A high-quality gauge-based gridded rainfall product from the Australian Water Availability Project (AWAP) is utilized as reference data. The overall characteristics of TMPA 3B42 estimates are measured by mean rain rate, correlation coefficient, relative bias, relative root-mean-square error, and empirical orthogonal function a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge G. Huffman, J.L. McBride, R. A. Dare, P. Worthington, the Editor, and anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments. The authors would also like to thank the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science for funding to support this research.