TAMSAT Research Group, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading

TAMSAT Publications (since 2000)


Toté, C., Patricio, D., Boogaard, H., van der Wijngaart, R., Tarnavsky, E. and Funk, C.(2015). Evaluation of satellite rainfall estimates for drought and flood monitoring in Mozambique. Remote Sensing, 7:1758-1776. ISSN 2072-4292 doi: 10.3390/rs70201758.

Skinner, C.J., Bellerby, T.J., Greatrex, H., and Grimes, D.I.F., (2015). Hydrological Modelling using Ensemble Satellite Rainfall Estimates in a Sparsely Gauged River Basin: The need for whole-ensemble Calibration. Journal of Hydrology, 522(March 2015):110-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.12.052.


Tarnavsky, E., Grimes, D., Maidment, R., Black, E., Allan, R., Stringer, M., Chadwick, R. and Kayitakire, F., (2014). Extension of the TAMSAT Satellite-based Rainfall Monitoring over Africa and from 1983 to present. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 53(12): 2805-2822. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0016.1.

Maidment, R., Grimes, D., Allan, R., Tarnavsky, E., Stringer, M., Hewison, T., Roebeling, R., and Black, E. (2014). The 30-year TAMSAT African Rainfall Climatology and Time-series (TARCAT) Data Set. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 119:10,619-10,644. DOI: 10.1002/2014JD021927.

Young, M.P., Williams, C.J.R., Chiu, J.C., Maidment, R.I., and Chen, S.-H., (2014). Investigation of Discrepancies in Satellite Rainfall Estimates over Ethiopia. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 15:2347-2369. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-13-0111.1.

Greatrex, H.L., Grimes, D.I.F. and Wheeler, T.R. (2014). Advances in the Stochastic Modeling of Satellite-Derived Rainfall Estimates Using a Sparse Calibration Dataset. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 15:1810–1831. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-13-0145.1.


Maidment, R.I., Grimes, D.I.F., Allan, R.P., Greatrex, H., Rojas, O. and Leo, O. (2013) Evaluation of satellite-based and model re-analysis rainfall estimates for Uganda. Meteorological Applications, 20(3):308-317.


Chadwick, R. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2012) An Artificial Neural Network Approach to Multispectral Rainfall Estimation over Africa. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 13: 913-931.


Diro, G.T., Grimes, D.I.F. and Black, E. (2011) Teleconnections between Ethiopian summer rainfall and sea surface temperature: part I. Observation and modelling. Climate Dynamics, 37(1-2): 103-119.

Diro, G.T., Grimes, D.I.F. and Black, E. (2011) Teleconnections between Ethiopian summer rainfall and sea surface temperature: part II. Seasonal forecasting. Climate Dynamics, 37(1-2): 121-131.


Chadwick, R.S., Grimes, D.I.F., Saunders, R.W., Francis, P.N. and Blackmore, T.A. (2010) The TAMORA algorithm: satellite rainfall estimates over West Africa using multi-spectral SEVIRI data. Advances in Geosciences (ADGEO), 25: 3-9.

Grimes, D.I.F. , and Pardo-Igúzquiza, E. (2010) Geostatistical Analysis of Rainfall. Geographical Analysis 42: 136-160.


Diro, G. T., Grimes, D.I.F., Black, E., O'Neill, A. and Pardo-Iguzquiza, E. (2009) Evaluation of reanalysis rainfall estimates over Ethiopia. International Journal of Climatology, 29 (1). pp. 67-78. ISSN 0899-8418x


Grimes, D.I.F. (2008) Geostatistical Tools for Validation of Satellite and NWP Model Rainfall. Hydrological modelling and the water cycle: coupling the atmospheric and hydrological models, 63(2): 117-143. ISSN 0921-092X

Grimes, D.I.F. (2008) An ensemble approach to uncertainty estimation for satellite-based rainfall estimates.Hydrological modelling and the water cycle: coupling the atmospheric and hydrological models, 63(2): 145-162. ISSN 0921-092X

Stisen, S., Jensen, K.H. , Sandholt, I. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2008) A remote sensing driven distributed hydrological model of the Senegal River basin. Journal of Hydrology, 354 (1-4). pp. 131-148.

Diro, G. T., Black, E. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2008) Seasonal forecasting of Ethiopian spring rains. Meteorological Applications, 15(1): 73-83. ISSN 1350-4827


Teo, C.-K. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2007) Stochastic modelling of rainfall from satellite data. Journal of Hydrology, 346(1-2): 33-50.


Washington, R., Harrison, M., Conway, D., Black, E., Challinor, A. , Grimes, D., Jones, R., Morse, A., Kay, G. and Todd, M. (2006) African climate change - Taking the shorter route. Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society, 87(10): 1355-1366. ISSN 0003-0007

Coppola, E., Grimes, D.I.F., Verdecchia, M. and Visconti, G. (2006) Validation of improved TAMANN neural network for operational satellite-derived rainfall estimation in Africa. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 45(11): 1557-1572. ISSN 1558-8424

Pardo-Iguzquiza, P., Grimes, D.I.F. and Teo, C.K. (2006) Assessing the uncertainty associated with intermittent rainfall fields. Water Resources Research, 42(1). ISSN 0043-1397


Pardo-Iguzquiza, E., Dowd, P.A. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2005) An automatic moving window approach for mapping meteorological data. International Journal Of Climatology, 25(5): 665-678.

Wheeler, T.R., Challinor, A.J., Craufurd, P.Q., Slingo, J.M. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2005) Forecasting the harvest - from proverbs to PCs. Biologist, 52(1): 45-49.

Challinor, A.J., Wheeler, T.R., Slingo, J.M., Craufurd, P.Q. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2005) Simulation of crop yields using ERA-40: Limits to skill and nonstationarity in weather-yield relationships. Journal Of Applied Meteorology, 44(4): 516-531.

Diro, G.T., Grimes, D.I.F., Black, E. and O'Neill, A. (2005) Validation of area rainfall estimates over North-eastern Africa. Poster presentation. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, 24-29 April 2005.

Kiat, T.C., Grimes, D.I.F. and Gomez, B. (2005) Uncertainty in modelled ground nut yield derived from satellite based rainfall estimates. Poster presentation. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna 24-29 April 2005.


Gissila, T., Black, E., Grimes, D.I.F. and Slingo, J. M. (2004) Seasonal forecasting of the Ethiopian summer rains. International Journal Of Climatology, 24(11): 1345-1358.

Challinor, A.J., Wheeler, T.R., Craufurd, P.Q., Slingo, J.M. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2004) Design and optimisation of a large-area process-based model for annual crops. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 124(1-2): 99-120.


Grimes, D.I.F. (2003) Satellite-based rainfall monitoring for food security in Africa, in Crop and Rangeland Monitoring in Eastern Africa - for Early Warning and Food Security, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Crop and Rangeland Monitoring in East Africa, Nairobi, January 2003. Rijks, D., Rembold, F., Negre, T, Gommes, R., Cherlet, M. (eds). European Commission (pub).

Grimes, D.I.F., Coppola, E., Verdecchia, M. and Visconti, G. (2003) A neural network approach to real-time rainfall estimation for Africa. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 4: 1119-1133.

Grimes, D.I.F. and Diop, M. (2003) Satellite-based rainfall estimation for river flow forecasting in Africa. I: Rainfall estimates and hydrological forecasts. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 48: 567-584.

Diop, M. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2003) Satellite-based rainfall estimation for river flow forecasting in Africa. II: African Easterly Waves, convection and rainfall. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 48: 585-599.

Challinor, A.J., Slingo, J.M., Wheeler, T.R., Craufurd, P.Q. and Grimes, D.I.F. (2003) Toward a combined seasonal weather and crop productivity forecasting system: Determination of the working spatial scale. Journal Of Applied Meteorology, 42: 175-192.


Coppola, E., Grimes, D.I.F.,Verdecchia, M., Visconti, G. (2001) Application of Neural Networks to improved rainfall estimation from satellite data for Africa. Proceedings of the EUMETSAT Satellite Data Users Conference, Antalya, 1-5 October, 2001.

Thorne, V., Coakley, P., Grimes, D. and Dugdale, G. (2001) Comparison of TAMSAT and CPC rainfall estimates with rainfall, for southern Africa. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22(10): 1951-1974.

Morland, J.C., Grimes, D.I.F., Hewison T.J. (2001) Satellite observation of the microwave emissivity of a semi-arid land surface. Remote Sensing of Environment, 77(2), 149-164.


Todd, M., Djepa, V. , Dawson, T., Grimes, D.I.F., Kniveton, D.R., Lucio, F., Manague, A., Muchindea, M., Sakala, W. (2000) Monitoring the hydrological cycle of Southern Africa for operational appliactions: Development of algorithms for improved estimation of surface and atmospheric water fluxes from Meteosat Second Generation satellite data. Proceedings of the First MSG RAO Workshop, Bologna, 17-19 May 2000, ESA SP-452.

Morland, J.C., Grimes, D.I.F., Dugdale G., Hewison T.J. (2000) The estimation of land surface emissivities at 24 to 157 GHz using remotely sensed aircraft data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 73: 323-336.