The potential of using satellite-related precipitation data sources in arid regions

Mona Morsy, Peter Dietrich, Thomas Scholten, Silas Michaelides, Erik Borg, Youssef Sherief

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In this chapter the general factors affecting the equilibrium and stability of arid regions are discussed, with particular focus given to rainfall, the primary factor influencing the continuity and development of these environments. Unfortunately, the scarcity or complete lack of rain gauges in such areas complicates the collection of sufficient rainfall data. Consequently, systematic steps are proposed toward the development of alternative analyses of the spatiotemporal distribution of rainfall in arid regions. The foremost approach is the incorporation of remote sensing data, along with the appropriate classifiers, into the indirect evaluation of rainfall. For the purpose of assessing the suitability of the proposed methods, a detailed study on rainfall in the eastern side of the Gulf of Suez in Egypt is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrecipitation Science Measurement, Remote Sensing, Microphysics, and Modeling
Subtitle of host publicationMeasurement, Remote Sensing, Microphysics and Modeling
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9780128229736
ISBN (Print)9780128229378
Publication statusPublished - Jan 20 2022


  • Arid regions
  • Egypt
  • infiltration
  • rain gauge
  • rainfall
  • runoff
  • satellite-based precipitation data
  • Sinai
  • water scarcity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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