Point rainfall statistics for ecohydrological analyses derived from satellite integrated rainfall measurements Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. Satellite rainfall measurements, nowadays commonly available, provide valuable information about the spatial structure of rainfall. In areas with low-density rain gage networks, or where these networks are nonexistent, satellite rainfall measurements can also provide useful estimates to be used as virtual rain gages. However, satellite and rain gage measurements are statistically different in nature and cannot be directly compared to one another. In the present paper, we develop a methodology to downscale satellite rainfall measurements to generate rain-gage-equivalent statistics. We apply the methodology to four locations along a strong rainfall gradient in the Kalahari transect, southern Africa, to validate the methodology. We show that the method allows the estimation of point rainfall statistics where only satellite measurements exist. Point rainfall statistics are key descriptors for ecohydrologic studies linking the response of vegetation to rainfall dynamics. Key Points: A satellite to point rainfall downscaling framework is presented Point rainfall statistics are predicted from satellite measurements The framework is tested with rain gage data from the Kalahari transect

published proceedings

  • Water Resources Research

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • del Jesus, M., Rinaldo, A., & RodrguezIturbe, I.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • del Jesus, Manuel||Rinaldo, Andrea||Rodríguez‐Iturbe, Ignacio

publication date

  • April 2015