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Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) development
Author(s): Steven P. Neeck; Ramesh K. Kakar; Ardeshir A. Azarbarzin; Arthur Y. Hou
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Paper Abstract

Understanding the Earth's climate and how it responds to climate perturbations relies on knowledge of how atmospheric moisture, clouds, latent heating, and the large-scale circulation vary with changing climate conditions. The physical process that links these key climate elements is precipitation. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission will be key to answering the following related research questions: •how are global precipitation, evaporation, and the cycling of water changing? •how are variations in local weather, precipitation, and water resources related to global climate variation? •how can weather forecast duration and reliability be improved by new space-based observations, data assimilation and modeling? GPM is a joint initiative with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other international partners that integrates previously planned and dedicated missions in a scalable and evolving constellation of multiple spacecraft and data processing and validation ground systems. Its science objectives are: •to improve ongoing efforts to predict climate by providing near-global measurement of precipitation, its distribution, and physical processes; •to improve the accuracy of weather and precipitation forecasts through more accurate measurement of rain rates and latent heating; •to provide more frequent and complete sampling of the Earth's precipitation. It is a potential component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) as envisioned by the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). GPM will consist of a core spacecraft to measure precipitation structure and to provide a calibration standard for the constellation spacecraft, an international constellation of NASA and contributed spacecraft to provide frequent precipitation measurements on a global basis, calibration/validation sites distributed globally with a broad array of precipitation-measuring instrumentation, and a global precipitation data system to produce and distribute global rain maps and climate research products. GPM is now in formulation phase. GPM launches are targeted to begin in 2013.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6361, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites X, 63610N (5 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.690720
Show Author Affiliations
Steven P. Neeck, NASA Headquarters (United States)
Ramesh K. Kakar, NASA Headquarters (United States)
Ardeshir A. Azarbarzin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Arthur Y. Hou, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6361:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites X
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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