Evaluation of the Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP) data on sub-daily rainfall patterns in Vietnam


  • Thanh-Hoa Pham-Thi Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Minami-Osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo192-0397, Japan
  • Jun Matsumoto 1-Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Minami-Osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo192-0397, Japan; 2-Department of Coupled-Ocean-Atmosphere-Land Processes Research, Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 237-0061, Japan
  • Masato I. Nodzu Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Minami-Osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo192-0397, Japan




GSMaP, Sub-daily rainfall, Seasonal variation, Vietnam


This study aims to evaluate the performance of Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP) data in observing the sub-daily rainfall patterns in Vietnam using synoptic gauge measurements considering seasonal variations in rainfall. Differences in the estimations of the three GSMaP products, including the standard version
7 (MVKv7) and two gauge-calibrated versions 6 and 7 (GAUv6 and GAUv7), were clarified based on rainfall characteristic parameters and statistical indices. The present study clarified that the contribution of sub-daily rainfall in Vietnam was higher during the afternoon than at other times, predominantly in the Central Highlands and Southern Plain, while it occurred most often during the evening to early morning in northern regions. Distinct regional features were also identified along the central coast. Most of the summer afternoon maximum fell in the western mountainous area, while the eastern coastal plain experienced an insignificant amount of rainfall. As rainfall characteristics varied with seasons and regions, the performance of GSMaP demonstrated this variation quite well compared to in-situ observations. However, GSMaP still exhibited high biases in rainy season and topographically heterogeneous areas, especially in the northern regions where sub-daily rainfall cycles had large variations. The standard GSMaP (MVK) product illustrated an afternoon peak better than the gauge-calibrated (GAU) product, which suggests that utilizing the MVK in the Central Highlands and Southern Plain and the GAU over central coastal regions would be appropriate when considering the characteristics of sub-daily precipitation.


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How to Cite

Pham-Thi, T.-H., Matsumoto, J., & Nodzu, M. I. (2021). Evaluation of the Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP) data on sub-daily rainfall patterns in Vietnam. Vietnam Journal of Earth Sciences, 44(1), 33–54. https://doi.org/10.15625/2615-9783/16594