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Study of the hydrological cycle in Bolivia and South America using estimated precipitation from satellites

This study is within the research framework of Global Precipitation Observation. It is important to check the estimated assessment difficulties from satellites to see how useful they can be for a better understanding of the hydrological cycle and eventually for the benefit of society. Thus, it is expected to use hydro-meteorological products derived from remote satellite sensors combined with measurements to the Earth's surface.

Several basins in the world, especially in developing countries, increase the number and extent of their meteorological stations on land. Which is not always feasible due to accessibility, initial investment costs and maintenance. The advantage of the estimation estimated from the satellite is the coverage taking into account the spatial and temporal distribution in a complementary way to the point measurements with rain gauges and in some scarce regions.

This project has 3 main objectives:

- Evaluation of satellite evaluation products in the available rain gauge networks.
- Development of a new database with higher spatial and temporal resolution.
- Application of the new improved update products to carry out hydrological simulations and thus estimate the water balance in the Bolivian and South American basins.

The main source of funding is the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). JAXA will provide all the satellite information necessary for further study of travel costs to attend scientific briefing and brainstorming meetings.

The initial period of this project is from April 2016 to March 2019.

For more details visit the project page "Medición de la precipitación global":

Oliver Saavedra, PhD