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A linear merging methodology for high-resolution precipitation products using spatiotemporal regression

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Currently, the only viable option for a global precipitation product is the merger of several precipitation products from different modalities. In this article, we develop a linear merging methodology based on spatiotemporal regression. Four highresolution precipitation products (HRPPs), obtained through methods including the Climate Prediction Center's Morphing (CMORPH), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-Based Auto-Estimator (GOES-AE), GOES-Based Hydro-Estimator (GOES-HE) and Self-Calibrating Multivariate Precipitation Retrieval (SCAMPR) algorithms, are used in this study. The merged data are evaluated against the Arkansas Red Basin River Forecast Center's (ABRFC's) ground-based rainfall product. The evaluation is performed using the Heidke skill score (HSS) for four seasons, from summer 2007 to spring 2008, and for two different rainfall detection thresholds. It is shown that the merged data outperform all the other products in seven out of eight cases. A key innovation of this machine learning method is that only 6% of the validation data are used for the initial training. The sensitivity of the algorithm to location, distribution of training data, selection of input data sets and seasons is also analysed and presented.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,Mississippi State University, Mississippi State,MS,39762, USA 2: The Scientific Computing Group, National Center for Computational Sciences,Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Starkville,MS, USA

Publication date: 2012-12-20

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