Articles | Volume 26, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 975–999, 2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 975–999, 2022
Research article
21 Feb 2022
Research article | 21 Feb 2022

Remote sensing-aided rainfall–runoff modeling in the tropics of Costa Rica

Saúl Arciniega-Esparza et al.

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In the humid tropics, a notoriously data-scarce region, we need to find alternatives in order to reasonably apply hydrological models. Here, we tested remotely sensed rainfall data in order to drive a model for Costa Rica, and we evaluated the simulations against evapotranspiration satellite products. We found that our model was able to reasonably simulate the water balance and streamflow dynamics of over 600 catchments where the satellite data helped to reduce the model uncertainties.