A set of 130 digital precipitation maps of the tropical Andes, covering Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at a 5km resolution. The maps represent different realizations of mean precipitation totals of the period 1981-2010 using different satellite-gauge merging methods. The work draws on a large database of 723 rain gauges and the full 5km Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Precipitation Radar (TPR) record from 1998 to 2014. Each map is approximately 1MB
Publication date: 2016-01-14
TRMM Precipitation Radar data, product 2A25, was obtained from NASA for the period Jan 1998 to Oct 2014. Individual orbital scans were converted into time-series and re-projected onto a regular UTM grid (5 km) in R (statistical software), which allowed averaging over time to obtain mean monthly and annual climatological rainfall fields (regular raster grids) from the TPR (in R). Monthly or daily rain gauge time-series for the period 1981-2010 were obtained from IDEAM (Colombia), INAMHI (Ecuador), SENAMHI (Peru), SENAMHI (Bolivia) and NOAA (USA) and mean monthly and annual climatological values were determined for every gauge using a bespoke R script. Gauging station coordinates are re-projected into UTM (in R). Satellite-gauge merging as described in the supporting information was conducted using bespoke R scripts. Following generation of the final merged climatological precipitation fields (regular raster grids) these are converted from R to GeoTIFF (.tif).