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Global precipitation mission: microwave rainfall retrievals and error models
Author(s): Christian D. Kummerow; Dong-Bin Shin
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Paper Abstract

The planned Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) consists of a core satellite carrying a state-of-the-art dual frequency precipitation radar and a passive microwave radiometer. In addition, the GPM concept uses a constellation of satellites carrying passive microwave radiometers in order to achieve three hourly rainfall sampling. This constellation consists of radiometers on operational satellites such as the current SSM/I series, as well as some that are planned specifically as part of the GPM mission. As such, GPM is both a satellite "mission", as well as a concept designed to combine the many international assets into a coherent framework. In order to achieve this conceptual benefit, however, it is imperative that we develop algorithms and error models that allow a coherent description of rainfall to emerge from wide ranging sets of sensor capabilities. This paper will discuss work being performed to develop such a framework for the algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4894, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment III, (30 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.467403
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Christian D. Kummerow, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Dong-Bin Shin, George Mason University (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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