Potential Utility of the Real-Time TMPA-RT Precipitation Estimates in Streamflow Prediction Academic Article uri icon


  • The potential utility of the real-time Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis real-time product 3B42RT (TMPA-RT) data for streamflow prediction, both through direct comparisons of TMPA-RT estimates with a gridded gauge product and through evaluation of streamflow simulations over four tributaries of La Plata basin (LPB) in South America using the two precipitation products, is investigated. Assessments indicate that the relative accuracy and the hydrologic performance of TMPA-RT-based streamflow simulations generally improved after February 2005. The improvements in TMPA-RT since 2005 are closely related to upgrades in the TMPA-RT algorithm in early February 2005, which include use of additional microwave sensors [Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) and Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B (AMSU-B)] and implementation of different calibration schemes. This study suggests considerable potential for hydrologic prediction using purely satellite-derived precipitation estimates (no adjustments by in situ gauges) in parts of the globe where in situ observations are sparse. © 2011 American Meteorological Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Su, F., Gao, H., Huffman, G. J., & Lettenmaier, D. P.

citation count

  • 45

complete list of authors

  • Su, Fengge||Gao, Huilin||Huffman, George J||Lettenmaier, Dennis P

publication date

  • June 2011