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The current status of passive microwave precipitation retrievals at NOAA/NESDIS
Author(s): Ralph R. Ferraro; Jeff R. McCollum; Limin Zhao; Cezar Kongoli; Paul Pellegrino
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Paper Abstract

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) have been at the forefront in the development of precipitation retrieval algorithms from passive microwave sensors for over 20 years. This includes algorithms used for the DMSP Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I), the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI), the NOAA Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU) and the EOS Aqua Advanced Scanning Microwave Radiometer (AMSR-E). NOAA requires such retrievals to support two of its main scientific mission elements: "Weather and Water" and "Climate Monitoring and Prediction". This presents an overview of the algorithm development, recent advances (i.e., the expansion of the retrievals to over snow covered surfaces) and future plans (i.e., the development of a general retrieval framework adaptable for use with any microwave sensor) as NOAA enters into the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) era. Application examples to highlight the use of these products at NOAA are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5654, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment IV, (22 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.576913
Show Author Affiliations
Ralph R. Ferraro, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NESDIS (United States)
Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Jeff R. McCollum, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NESDIS (United States)
Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Limin Zhao, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NESDIS (United States)
Cezar Kongoli, QSS Group, Inc. (United States)
Paul Pellegrino, QSS Group, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5654:
Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment IV
Gail Skofronick Jackson; Seiho Uratsuka, Editor(s)

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