Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
Research article
10 Aug 2015
Research article |  | 10 Aug 2015

Characterization of precipitation product errors across the United States using multiplicative triple collocation

S. H. Alemohammad, K. A. McColl, A. G. Konings, D. Entekhabi, and A. Stoffelen

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This paper introduces a new variant of the triple collocation technique with multiplicative error model. The method is applied, for the first time, to precipitation products across the central part of continental USA. Results show distinctive patterns of error variance in each product that are estimated without a priori assumption of any of the error distributions. The correlation coefficients between each product and the truth are also estimated, which provides another performance perspective.