Assessment of global precipitation products: a project of the World Climate Research Programme Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Radiation Panel
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) ; Vincenzo Levizzani ; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ; International Council for SciencePublished by: WMO ; 2008
This report is a synthesis of the current state of knowledge in measurements of global precipitation, a major component of the global water and energy cycle that influences significantly the Earth’s climate system, and in turn is affected by the climate system variability and change. It is a comprehensive assessment of the current global precipitation data records which have been assembled by combining observations from space-based and in situ measurements. These long-term records include observations over the land and oceans for a period of 25 years. The report describes in detail how these precipitation records are developed, the underlying assumptions in sampling and processing procedures, their spatial and temporal resolution, and the potential sources of errors and anomalies in these records.
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