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Performance of GPCP Products Over Oceans: Evaluation Using Passive Aquatic Listeners
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  • Zhe Li,
  • Elizabeth J Thompson,
  • Ali Behrangi,
  • Haonan Chen,
  • Jie Yang
Zhe Li
Colorado State University

Corresponding Author:zhe.li@colostate.edu

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Elizabeth J Thompson
NOAA Earth System Research Lab
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Ali Behrangi
University of Arizona
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Haonan Chen
Colorado State Universitying
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Jie Yang
Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
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Passive Aquatic Listeners (PALs) have been increasingly deployed to collect minute-scale surface oceanic rainfall and wind information, with a sampling area similar to the spaceborne sensor footprints. This provides an unprecedented opportunity to validate satellite precipitation products over oceans. This study evaluates the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) daily products, including the widely-used GPCP v1.3 and the newly released GPCP v3.2, over oceans using 58 PALs as references. The study shows that the GPCP performance depends on time scale, region, and rainfall intensity. The two versions of GPCP perform similarly at multi-year and monthly scales, while GPCP v3.2 shows substantial improvements in representing rain occurrence and rain intensity at daily scale. The results also highlight the challenge of precipitation measurement over certain regions such as the tropical Northeastern Pacific and extratropical North Pacific, where both versions of the GPCP products perform similarly but exhibit noticeable differences compared to PAL observations.
27 Apr 2023Submitted to ESS Open Archive
02 May 2023Published in ESS Open Archive