Evaluating the latest imerg products in a subtropical climate: The case of paraná state, brazil

Jéssica G. Nascimento, Daniel Althoff, Helizani C. Bazame, Christopher M.U. Neale, Sergio N. Duarte, Anderson L. Ruhoff, Ivo Z. Gonçalves

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The lack of measurement of precipitation in large areas using fine-resolution data is a limitation in water management, particularly in developing countries. However, Version 6 of the Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) has provided a new source of precipitation information with high spatial and temporal resolution. In this study, the performance of the GPM products (Final run) in the state of Paraná, located in the southern region of Brazil, from June 2000 to December 2018 was evaluated. The daily and monthly products of IMERG were compared to the gauge data spatially distributed across the study area. Quantitative and qualitative metrics were used to analyze the performance of IMERG products to detect precipitation events and anomalies. In general, the products performed positively in the estimation of monthly rainfall events, both in volume and spatial distribution, and demonstrated limited performance for daily events and anomalies, mainly in mountainous regions (coast and southwest). This may be related to the orographic rainfall in these regions, associating the intensity of the rain, and the topography. IMERG products can be considered as a source of precipitation data, especially on a monthly scale. Product calibrations are suggested for use on a daily scale and for time-series analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number906
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalRemote Sensing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


  • GPM
  • Performance evaluation
  • Precipitation
  • Remote sensing in hydrology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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