Evaluation of PERSIANN system satellite-based estimates of tropical rainfall

Soroosh Sorooshian, Kuo Lin Hsu, Xiaogang Gao, Hoshin V. Gupta, Bisher Imam, Dan Braithwaite

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PERSIANN, an automated system for Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information using Artificial Neural Networks, has been developed for the estimation of rainfall from geosynchronous satellite longwave infared imagery (GOES-IR) at a resolution of 0.25° × 0.25° every half-hour. The accuracy of the rainfall product is improved by adaptively adjusting the network parameters using the instantaneous rain-rate estimates from the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) microwave imager (TMI product 2A12), and the random errors are further reduced by accumulation to a resolution of 1° × 1° daily. The authors' current GOES-IR - TRMM TMI based product, named PERSIANN-GT, was evaluated over the region 30°S-30°N, 90°E-30°W, which includes the tropical Pacific Ocean and parts of Asia, Australia, and the Americas. The resulting rain-rate estimates agree well with the National Climatic Data Center radar-gauge composite data over Florida and Texas (correlation coefficient p > 0.7). The product also compares well (p ̃ 0.77-0.90) with the monthly World Meteorological Organization gauge measurements for 5° × 5° grid locations having high gauge densities. The PERSIANN-GT product was evaluated further by comparing it with current TRMM products (3A11, 3B31, 3B42, 3B43) over the entire study region. The estimates compare well with the TRMM 3B43 1° × 1° monthly product, but the PERSIANN-GT products indicate higher rainfall over the western Pacific Ocean when compared to the adjusted geosynchronous precipitation index-based TRMM 3B42 product.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2035-2046
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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