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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/RS13050953

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Water Storage Changes in the Nile River Basin from GRACE/GRACE-FO and Modeling

04 Mar 2021-Remote Sensing (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)-Vol. 13, Iss: 5, pp 953
Abstract: This research assesses the changes in total water storage (TWS) during the twentieth century and future projections in the Nile River Basin (NRB) via TWSA (TWS anomalies) records from GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment), GRACE-FO (Follow-On), data-driven-reanalysis TWSA and a land surface model (LSM), in association with precipitation, temperature records, and standard drought indicators. The analytical approach incorporates the development of 100+ yearlong TWSA records using a probabilistic conditional distribution fitting approach by the GAMLSS (generalized additive model for location, scale, and shape) model. The model performance was tested using standard indicators including coevolution plots, the Nash–Sutcliffe coefficient, cumulative density function, standardized residuals, and uncertainty bounds. All model evaluation results are satisfactory to excellent. The drought and flooding severity/magnitude, duration, and recurrence frequencies were assessed during the studied period. The results showed, (1) The NRB between 2002 to 2020 has witnessed a substantial transition to wetter conditions. Specifically, during the wet season, the NRB received between ~50 Gt./yr. to ~300 Gt./yr. compared to ~30 Gt./yr. to ~70 Gt./yr. of water loss during the dry season. (2) The TWSA reanalysis records between 1901 to 2002 revealed that the NRB had experienced a positive increase in TWS of ~17% during the wet season. Moreover, the TWS storage had witnessed a recovery of ~28% during the dry season. (3) The projected TWSA between 2021 to 2050 unveiled a positive increase in the TWS during the rainy season. While during the dry season, the water storage showed insubstantial TWS changes. Despite these projections, the future storage suggested a reduction between 10 to 30% in TWS. The analysis of drought and flooding frequencies between 1901 to 2050 revealed that the NRB has ~64 dry-years compared to ~86 wet-years. The exceedance probabilities for the normal conditions are between 44 to 52%, relative to a 4% chance of extreme events. The recurrence interval of the normal to moderate wet or dry conditions is ~6 years. These TWSA trajectories call for further water resources planning in the region, especially during flood seasons. This research contributes to the ongoing efforts to improve the TWSA assessment and its associated dynamics for transboundary river basins.

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.EJRH.2021.100884
Abstract: Study region Nile Basin, Africa. Study focus The accurate representation of precipitation ( P ) and actual evapotranspiration (ETa) patterns is crucial for water resources management, yet there remains a high spatial and temporal variability among gridded products, particularly over data-scarce regions. We evaluated the performance of eleven state-of-the-art P products and seven ETa products over the Nile Basin using a four-step procedure: (i) P products were evaluated at the monthly scale through a point-to-pixel approach; (ii) streamflow was modelled using the Random Forest machine learning technique, and simulated for well-performing catchments for 2009–2018 (to correspond with ETa product availability); (iii) ETa products were evaluated at the multiannual scale using the water balance method; and (iv) the ability of the best-performing P and ETa products to represent monthly variations in terrestrial water storage ( Δ TWS) was assessed through a comparison with GRACE Level-3 data. New hydrological insights for the region CHIRPSv2 was the best-performing P product (median monthly KGE’ of 0.80) and PMLv2 and WaPORv2.1 the best-performing ETa products over the majority of the evaluated catchments. The application of the water balance using these best-performing products captures the seasonality of Δ TWS well over the White Nile Basin, but overestimates seasonality over the Blue Nile Basin. Our study demonstrates how gridded P and ETa products can be evaluated over extremely data-scarce conditions using an easily transferable methodology.

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Topics: Water balance (54%), Evapotranspiration (51%)

4 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU13116284
02 Jun 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: This study projects water availability and sustainability in Nigeria due to climate change. This study used Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) terrestrial water storage data (TWS), Global Precipitation Climatology Center (GPCC) precipitation data and Climate Research Unit (CRU) temperature data. Four general circulation models (GCMs) of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 5 were downscaled using the best of four downscaling methods. Two machine learning (ML) models, RF and SVM, were developed to simulate GRACE TWS data for the period 2002–2016 and were then used for the projection of spatiotemporal changes in TWS. The projected TWS data were used to assess the spatiotemporal changes in water availability and sustainability based on the reliability–resiliency–vulnerability (RRV) concept. This study revealed that linear scaling was the best for downscaling over Nigeria. RF had better performance than SVM in modeling TWS for the study area. This study also revealed there would be decreases in water storage during the wet season (June–September) and increases in the dry season (January–May). Decreases in projected water availability were in the range of 0–12 mm for the periods 2010–2039, 2040–2069, and 2070–2099 under RCP2.6 and in the range of 0–17 mm under RCP8.5 during the wet season. Spatially, annual changes in water storage are expected to increase in the northern part and decrease in the south, particularly in the country’s southeast. Groundwater sustainability was higher during the period 2070–2099 under all RCPs compared to the other periods and this can be attributed to the expected increases in rainfall during this period.

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Topics: Downscaling (56%), Coupled model intercomparison project (53%), Water storage (51%) ... show more

2 Citations

Open accessDOI: 10.1016/J.HYDROA.2021.100108
01 Dec 2021-
Abstract: GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) and GRACE-FO (Follow-On) satellites have provided unique insights into the evolution of Terrestrial Water Storage (TWS) in space and time. Despite such advancements, various GRACE solutions produced by different data centers display uneven spatial attributes with varying associated uncertainties. Via spatial diagnostics tools and a modified triple collocation (MTC) approach, this research evaluates the TWS (terrestrial water storage) trend estimations “on the grid-scale” from 11 gridded GRACE products of RL05 and RL06 releases between 2002 and 2017. Distinct from classic TCA (triple collocation analysis), the MTC employs a GWR (geographically weighted regression) scaling scheme with distinctive spatial coefficients. The spatial diagnostics analyses identified different autocorrelation patterns, clustering tendencies of hot (positive) and cold (negative) spots agglomeration at varying spatial width, and unique frequency distributions. The results indicated that within a 10-degree spatial radius the SHs (Spherical Harmonics) of RL05 and RL06 are highly autocorrelated compared to the mascons (mass concentration blocks) solutions. The spatial clustering results revealed that many solutions agreed on the overall directions and distribution of the hot and cold spots. The clustering among mascon products, however, reflected more localized mass anomalies. At the scale of drainage basins, the trend magnitude, as well as their associated uncertainties appeared to be driven by the occurrence of spatial clusters within the basin area. The MTC results showed that the uncertainty patterns follow the same spatial extent within each cluster. The MTC analysis underscored the added benefits of cluster analysis and the GWR scaling over the classic OLS approach.

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S11069-021-04944-X
Jielong Wang1, Jielong Wang2, Yi Chen1, Yi Chen2Institutions (2)
08 Aug 2021-Natural Hazards
Abstract: Drought and flood events are two extreme climate phenomena which usually bring enormous economic and social loss. For meeting the goal of flood and drought prevention, the nonlinear autoregressive with exogenous input (NARX) neural network is employed to bridge the data gap between the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and GRACE Follow On (GRACE-FO) over Yangtze River Basin (YRB). The precipitation data from NASA Global Precipitation Measurement, temperature data from Global Historical Climatology Network and the Climate Anomaly Monitoring System, and terrestrial water storage anomalies (TWSA) from Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) are considered as the external inputs. Meanwhile, the performance of NARX models is evaluated for all possible combinations of time delays and neurons in order to find the optimal model structures. Then total storage deficit index (TSDI) is constructed based on TWSA reconstructions to assess drought and flood events over YRB, along with forecasting the extremes during the data gap period. The results show that when the number of time delays and neurons equals one and nine, respectively, the NARX model has an optimal performance with root mean square error (rmse), scaled rmse $$R^{ * }$$ , Nash-Sutcliff Efficiency (NSE) and correlation coefficient r of 1.34 cm, 0.34, 0.95 and 0.94, respectively. As indicated by TSDI and comparisons with previous studies, YRB has switched from drought periods to increased flood risks with a moderate correlation to global warming and El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Finally, the most important conclusion that we successfully predict the flood events during the data gap period suggests that NARX neural network is promising for forecasting short-term hydrological extremes over YRB.

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Topics: Flood myth (50%)

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/RS13234760
24 Nov 2021-Remote Sensing
Abstract: Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites can effectively monitor terrestrial water storage (TWS) changes in large-scale areas. However, due to the coarse resolution of GRACE products, there is still a large number of deficiencies that need to be considered when investigating TWS changes in small-scale areas. Hence, it is necessary to downscale the GRACE products with a coarse resolution. First, in order to solve this problem, the present study employs modeling windows of different sizes (Window Size, WS) combined with multiple machine learning algorithms to develop a new machine learning spatial downscaling method (MLSDM) in the spatial dimension. Second, The MLSDM is used to improve the spatial resolution of GRACE observations from 0.5° to 0.25°, which is applied to Guantao County. The present study has verified the downscaling accuracy of the model developed through the combination of WS3, WS5, WS7, and WS9 and jointed with Random Forest (RF), Extra Tree Regressor (ETR), Adaptive Boosting Regressor (ABR), and Gradient Boosting Regressor (GBR) algorithms. The analysis shows that the accuracy of each combined model is improved after adding the residuals to the high-resolution downscaled results. In each modeling window, the accuracy of RF is better than that of ETR, ABR, and GBR. Additionally, compared to the changes in the TWS time series that are derived by the model before and after downscaling, the results indicate that the downscaling accuracy of WS5 is slightly more superior compared to that of WS3, WS7, and WS9. Third, the spatial resolution of the GRACE data was increased from 0.5° to 0.05° by integrating the WS5 and RF algorithm. The results are as follows: (1) The TWS (GWS) changes before and after downscaling are consistent, decreasing at −20.86 mm/yr and −21.79 mm/yr (−14.53 mm/yr and −15.46 mm/yr), respectively, and the Nash–Sutcliffe efficiency coefficient (NSE) and correlation coefficient (CC) values of both are above 0.99 (0.98). (2) The CC between the 80% deep groundwater well data and the downscaled GWS changes are above 0.70. Overall, the MLSDM can not only effectively improve the spatial resolution of GRACE products but also can preserve the spatial distribution of the original signal, which can provide a reference scheme for research focusing on the downscaling of GRACE products.

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Topics: Downscaling (55%)

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1175/BAMS-85-3-381
Mathew Rodell1, Paul R. Houser1, U. Jambor2, Jon Gottschalck2  +10 moreInstitutions (3)
Abstract: A Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) has been developed. Its purpose is to ingest satellite- and ground-based observational data products, using advanced land surface modeling and data assimilation techniques, in order to generate optimal fields of land surface states and fluxes. GLDAS is unique in that it is an uncoupled land surface modeling system that drives multiple models, integrates a huge quantity of observation-based data, runs globally at high resolution (0.25°), and produces results in near–real time (typically within 48 h of the present). GLDAS is also a test bed for innovative modeling and assimilation capabilities. A vegetation-based “tiling” approach is used to simulate subgrid-scale variability, with a 1-km global vegetation dataset as its basis. Soil and elevation parameters are based on high-resolution global datasets. Observation-based precipitation and downward radiation and output fields from the best available global coupled atmospheric data assimilation systems are employe...

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Topics: Data assimilation (54%)

3,041 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1111/J.1467-9876.2005.00510.X
Abstract: Summary. A general class of statistical models for a univariate response variable is presented which we call the generalized additive model for location, scale and shape (GAMLSS). The model assumes independent observations of the response variable y given the parameters, the explanatory variables and the values of the random effects. The distribution for the response variable in the GAMLSS can be selected from a very general family of distributions including highly skew or kurtotic continuous and discrete distributions. The systematic part of the model is expanded to allow modelling not only of the mean (or location) but also of the other parameters of the distribution of y, as parametric and/or additive nonparametric (smooth) functions of explanatory variables and/or random-effects terms. Maximum (penalized) likelihood estimation is used to fit the (non)parametric models. A Newton–Raphson or Fisher scoring algorithm is used to maximize the (penalized) likelihood. The additive terms in the model are fitted by using a backfitting algorithm. Censored data are easily incorporated into the framework. Five data sets from different fields of application are analysed to emphasize the generality of the GAMLSS class of models.

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1126/SCIENCE.1099192
23 Jul 2004-Science
Abstract: Monthly gravity field estimates made by the twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites have a geoid height accuracy of 2 to 3 millimeters at a spatial resolution as small as 400 kilometers. The annual cycle in the geoid variations, up to 10 millimeters in some regions, peaked predominantly in the spring and fall seasons. Geoid variations observed over South America that can be largely attributed to surface water and groundwater changes show a clear separation between the large Amazon watershed and the smaller watersheds to the north. Such observations will help hydrologists to connect processes at traditional length scales (tens of kilometers or less) to those at regional and global scales.

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Topics: Geoid (62%)

1,774 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.18637/JSS.V023.I07
Abstract: GAMLSS is a general framework for fitting regression type models where the distribution of the response variable does not have to belong to the exponential family and includes highly skew and kurtotic continuous and discrete distribution. GAMLSS allows all the parameters of the distribution of the response variable to be modelled as linear/non-linear or smooth functions of the explanatory variables. This paper starts by defining the statistical framework of GAMLSS, then describes the current implementation of GAMLSS in R and finally gives four different data examples to demonstrate how GAMLSS can be used for statistical modelling.

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1029/2011WR011453
Felix W. Landerer1, Sean Swenson2Institutions (2)
Abstract: [1] We assess the accuracy of global-gridded terrestrial water storage (TWS) estimates derived from temporal gravity field variations observed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites. The TWS data set has been corrected for signal modification due to filtering and truncation. Simulations of terrestrial water storage variations from land-hydrology models are used to infer relationships between regional time series representing different spatial scales. These relationships, which are independent of the actual GRACE data, are used to extrapolate the GRACE TWS estimates from their effective spatial resolution (length scales of a few hundred kilometers) to finer spatial scales (∼100 km). Gridded, scaled data like these enable users who lack expertise in processing and filtering the standard GRACE spherical harmonic geopotential coefficients to estimate the time series of TWS over arbitrarily shaped regions. In addition, we provide gridded fields of leakage and GRACE measurement errors that allow users to rigorously estimate the associated regional TWS uncertainties. These fields are available for download from the GRACE project website (available at Three scaling relationships are examined: a single gain factor based on regionally averaged time series, spatially distributed (i.e., gridded) gain factors based on time series at each grid point, and gridded-gain factors estimated as a function of temporal frequency. While regional gain factors have typically been used in previously published studies, we find that comparable accuracies can be obtained from scaled time series based on gridded gain factors. In regions where different temporal modes of TWS variability have significantly different spatial scales, gain factors based on the first two methods may reduce the accuracy of the scaled time series. In these cases, gain factors estimated separately as a function of frequency may be necessary to achieve accurate results.

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846 Citations