SEASONAL COMPARISON OF ERA-INTERIM PRECIPITATION DATASET FOR ENTIRE INDIAN REGION
Era-Interim (ECMWF Re- analysis) is a global reanalysis atmospheric product which is being continuously updated in real time since 1979. It is also termed as third generation reanalysis product. The Era–Interim gives meteorological products like precipitation, temperature, etc. In the present work, 3-hourly Era–Interim product for the entire India is compared with gridded data provided by IMD for period 1979–2013 and APHRODITE data for period 1979–2007, respectively. The comparison is done on seasonal basis and the seasons are taken based on the pattern of rainfall, hence, the four seasons selected are DJF (December, January & February), MAM (March, April & May), JJAS (June, July, August & September) and ON (October & November). In the methodology the Era-Interim 3-hourly products are converted into the daily products and then it is used to form seasonal images for each year. All the images are then taken to form four images as outcome for the entire study period which represents the average rainfall (mm/day) for the entire region. This is being done for the IMD and for the APHRODITE Data. All the four images are then taken for the comparison with the reference images of the IMD 0.5º × 0.5º gridded rainfall data and with the APHRODITE 0.5º × 0.5º gridded rainfall data. The correlation coefficient and the RMSE for each season is calculated. The mean value is compared with the mean of IMD and APHRODITE rainfall products, respectively and a bias in mean is also calculated along with the scatter plots of Era-Interim with the reference datasets. The Era – Interim data came out with suitable comparative parameters with high correlation coefficient and low RMSE value in certain regions and in specific seasons. Scatter plots have also given good correlation in all the seasons. Bias maps have also shown very less bias in specific seasons for certain regions. The suitability maps prepared for the study region also shows that most of the region lies in most suitable range and very less in unsuitable range.