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Precipitation/latent heating retrieval and validation
Author(s): Song Yang; William S. Olson; Eric A. Smith; Christian D. Kummerow; Shuyi Chen
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Paper Abstract

Rainfall retrieved from space-borne instruments has been accepted as reliable and accurate by a majority of the atmospheric community. One of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) facility rain algorithms is the passive microwave-based rain retrieval algorithm (2A-12). In order to introduce latent heating as a product of 2A-12, many improvements have been made to the current Version 5 algorithm. This paper shows how these modifications impact retrieved surface rainfall rate and latent heating estimates. Comparisons indicate that the error statistics for the prototype Version 6 2A-12 are similar to those of Version 5 at footprint-scale and 30-km resolution; however, consistent latent heating vertical profiles are now obtainable. Preliminary comparisons to dual-doppler radar-based estimates show similar heating structures, but further study will be required to establish the general credibility of 2A-12 latent heating estimates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4894, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment III, (30 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.466606
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Song Yang, Univ. of Maryland/Baltimore County (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William S. Olson, Univ. of Maryland/Baltimore County (United States)
Eric A. Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Christian D. Kummerow, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Shuyi Chen, Univ. of Miami (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4894:
Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment III
Christian D. Kummerow; JingShang Jiang; Seiho Uratuka, Editor(s)

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