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TAMSAT Daily Rainfall Estimates (Version 3.0)

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The dataset comprises high resolution (0.0375 degrees) satellite-derived daily rainfall estimates for all Africa from January 1983 to December 2016 (data from 2017 onwards can be downloaded from the TAMSAT website: The dataset is derived from TAMSAT Version 3.0 pentadal (5-day) rainfall estimates (1983-present).

Although the principle features of the TAMSAT rainfall estimation approach have remained the same in generating TAMSAT Version 3.0, the calibration used in Version 3.0 differs markedly to Version 2.0 and is designed to better capture local variations in the rainfall climate while reducing problems associated with Version 2.0. Additionally, the timestep for the primary rainfall estimate is 5-day (pentad) in Version 3.0, compared to 10-day (dekad) in Version 2.0. Further details can be found on the TAMSAT website.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Maidment, Ross ORCID logoORCID:, Black, Emily and Young, Matthew ORCID logoORCID:
Contributors: Greatrex, Helen
Rights-holders: University of Reading
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2017
Data last accessed: 14 May 2024
Metadata Record URL:
Organisational units: Science > School of Mathematical, Computational and Physical Sciences > National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
Science > School of Mathematical, Computational and Physical Sciences > NCAS
Science > School of Mathematical, Computational and Physical Sciences > Department of Meteorology
Participating Organisations: University of Reading
Keywords: precipitation, Africa, satellite, daily, TAMSAT

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