Assessment of the reliability of popular satellite products in characterizing the water balance of the Yangtze River Basin, China

Dan Zhang, Qi Zhang, Adrian Werner, Renying Gu

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    Abstract

    This study investigates the water balance of the Yangtze River Basin (YRB) during 2003-2012 using the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission precipitation, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer evapotranspiration and the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment total water storage change. The bias, absolute error and correlation coefficient are used to quantify water balance performances at monthly and annual time steps. The results show that the absolute error in the YRB water balance was 18.1 mm/month and 152.5 mm/yr at monthly and annual time steps accounting for 20% and 14% of YRB precipitation, respectively. The three satellite products were combined through a water balance equation to estimate monthly and annual stream flow, which was in error by 19.4 mm/month and 76.7 mm/yr, accounting for 22% and 7% of YRB precipitation, respectively. Trends in YRB water balance components at annual time steps obtained from satellite products were in the range 83-318% of the corresponding trends from alternative datasets (e.g., ground-based measurements, land-surface modelling, etc.), which performed significantly better than monthly time series. The results indicate that the YRB water balance can be evaluated using multiple satellite products to a reasonable accuracy at annual time steps.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-23
    Number of pages16
    JournalHydrology Research
    Volume47
    Issue numberS1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

    Keywords

    • Multiple Satellite Products
    • Water Balance Changes
    • Water Balance Closure
    • Yangtze River Basin

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