Articles | Volume 24, issue 3
Research article
01 Apr 2020
Research article |  | 01 Apr 2020

Can we trust remote sensing evapotranspiration products over Africa?

Imeshi Weerasinghe, Wim Bastiaanssen, Marloes Mul, Li Jia, and Ann van Griensven


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (11 Oct 2019) by Shraddhanand Shukla
AR by Imeshi Weerasinghe on behalf of the Authors (06 Dec 2019)  Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (21 Jan 2020) by Shraddhanand Shukla
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (14 Feb 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (02 Mar 2020) by Shraddhanand Shukla
AR by Imeshi Weerasinghe on behalf of the Authors (04 Mar 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
Water resource allocation to various sectors requires an understanding of the hydrological cycle, where evapotranspiration (ET) is a key component. Satellite-derived products estimate ET but are hard to evaluate at large scales. This work presents an alternate evaluation methodology to point-scale observations in Africa. The paper enables users to select an ET product based on their performance regarding selected criteria using a ranking system. The highest ranked products are WaPOR and CMRSET.