Articles | Volume 24, issue 10
Research article
13 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 13 Oct 2020

Which rainfall score is more informative about the performance in river discharge simulation? A comprehensive assessment on 1318 basins over Europe

Stefania Camici, Christian Massari, Luca Ciabatta, Ivan Marchesini, and Luca Brocca

Data sets

A European daily high-resolution gridded data set of surface temperature and precipitation for 1950-2006 ( M. R. Haylock, N. Hofstra, A. M. G. Klein Tank, E. J. Klok, P. D. Jones, and M. New

TRMM (TMPA-RT) Near Real-Time Precipitation L3 3 hour 0.25 degree x 0.25 degree V7 G. Huffman

CMORPH: A method that produces global precipitation estimates from passive microwave and infrared data at high spatial and temporal resolution ( R. J. Joyce, J. E. Janowiak, P. A. Arkin, and P. Xie<0487:CAMTPG>2.0.CO;2

SM2RAIN-ASCAT (2007-June 2020): global daily satellite rainfall from ASCAT soil moisture (Version 1.3) L. Brocca, P. Filippucci, S. Hahn, L. Ciabatta, C. Massari, S. Camici, L. Schüller, B. Bojkov, and W. Wagner

Distributed rainfall-runoff modelling for flood frequency estimation and flood forecasting ( L. Brocca, F. Melone, and T. Moramarco

Short summary
The paper performs the most comprehensive European-scale evaluation to date of satellite rainfall products for river flow prediction. In doing so, how errors transfer from satellite-based rainfall products into flood simulation is investigated in depth and, for the first time, quantitative guidelines on the use of these products for hydrological applications are provided. This result can represent a keystone in the use of satellite rainfall products, especially in data-scarce regions.