Assessment and Validation of New Global Grid-based CHIRPS Satellite Rainfall Products Over Korea

전지구 격자형 CHIRPS 위성 강우자료의 한반도 적용성 분석

  • Jeon, Min-Gi (Department of Convergence of Information and Communication Engineering, Hankyong National University) ;
  • Nam, Won-Ho (Department of Bioresources and Rural Systems Engineering, Institute of Agricultural Environmental Science, National Agricultural Water Research Center, Hankyong National University) ;
  • Mun, Young-Sik (Department of Bioresources and Rural Systems Engineering, Hankyong National University) ;
  • Kim, Han-Joong (Department of Bioresources and Rural Systems Engineering, Institute of Agricultural Environmental Science, Hankyong National University)
  • Received : 2019.05.21
  • Accepted : 2020.02.25
  • Published : 2020.03.31


A high quality, long-term, high-resolution precipitation dataset is an essential in climate analyses and global water cycles. Rainfall data from station observations are inadequate over many parts of the world, especially North Korea, due to non-existent observation networks, or limited reporting of gauge observations. As a result, satellite-based rainfall estimates have been used as an alternative as a supplement to station observations. The Climate Hazards Group Infrared Precipitation (CHIRP) and CHIRP combined with station observations (CHIRPS) are recently produced satellite-based rainfall products with relatively high spatial and temporal resolutions and global coverage. CHIRPS is a global precipitation product and is made available at daily to seasonal time scales with a spatial resolution of 0.05° and a 1981 to near real-time period of record. In this study, we analyze the applicability of CHIRPS data on the Korean Peninsula by supplementing the lack of precipitation data of North Korea. We compared the daily precipitation estimates from CHIRPS with 81 rain gauges across Korea using several statistical metrics in the long-term period of 1981-2017. To summarize the results, the CHIRPS product for the Korean Peninsula was shown an acceptable performance when it is used for hydrological applications based on monthly rainfall amounts. Overall, this study concludes that CHIRPS can be a valuable complement to gauge precipitation data for estimating precipitation and climate, hydrological application, for example, drought monitoring in this region.


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