This study harnessed some of the many opportunities provided by the TRMM 3B43 data in order to generate maps illustrating the spatial and temporal distribution of significant linear rates of change of annual total precipitation for the surface of earth bounded by latitudes 50° S and 50° N for the years 1998–2018 by applying pixel-based simple linear regression. These maps are valuable for many applications and should enhance our understanding of the global precipitation patterns and trigger more research in order to explain what has not been explained. It has been found that the whole study area had a mean significant linear rate of change of − 0.4 mm/year. Nearly half of its area had significant linear rates of increase with a mean of 8.5 mm/year while the other half had significant linear rates of decrease with mean of − 7.6 mm/year. Landmass alone can be divided into nearly two halves; the first had significant linear rates of increase with a mean of 5.2 mm/year while the second had significant linear rates of decrease with mean of − 7.0 mm/year. Water areas alone also can nearly be divided into two halves; the first showed significant linear rates of increase with a mean of 9.6 mm/year while the second showed significant linear rates of decrease with mean of − 7.8 mm/year. Grouping the whole study area into six climatic zones and 21 administrative land and water regions and applying pixel-based Tukey test showed that the obtained significant linear rates of change varied significantly among these climatic and administrative regions.
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Jaber, S.M., Abu-Allaban, M.M. TRMM 3B43 Product-Based Spatial and Temporal Anatomy of Precipitation Trends: Global Perspective. Environ Monit Assess 192, 437 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-020-08405-z
- TRMM 3B43
- Linear rates of change
- Simple linear regression
- Tukey test