Water management applications for satellite precipitation products: Synthesis and recommendations

Aleix Serrat-Capdevila, Juan B. Valdes, Eugene Z. Stakhiv

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This article is an assessment of the current state of the art and relative utility of satellite precipitation products (SPPs) for hydrologic applications to support water management decisions. We present a review of SPPs, their accuracy in diverse settings including the influence of geography, topography, and weather systems, as well as the pros and cons of their use for different water management applications. At the end of this broad synthesizing effort, recommendations are proposed for: (1) SPP developers to improve the quality, usability, and relevance of precipitation products; and (2) SPP users to improve the reliability of their predictions and hydrologic applications to better support water management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-525
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the American Water Resources Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Hydrologic prediction
  • Monitoring
  • Satellite precipitation products
  • Water management recommendations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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