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Study of hydrological processes by TRMM and TERRA-MODIS during anomalous (2002) and normal (2003) monsoon years
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Paper Abstract

The south-west monsoon seasonal variations of the rainfall and water vapor over the Indian subcontinent and oceans are studied using microwave (MW) and near-Infrared (NIR) satellite measurements on monthly scales. The total precipitable water (TPW) derived from multi channel imaging data acquired with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) on the Terra Spacecraft and rainfall data from merged infrared estimates calibrated against Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) microwave data respectively are used. Since TPW is an important link connecting the various components of the hydrological cycle, its variability with rainfall on monthly scales have been used to meet this objective in the present study during the three successive contrasting good (normal), bad (drought) and good (normal) south-west monsoon years of 2001 to 2003 respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6408, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds, 64080J (8 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.695447
Show Author Affiliations
R. M. Gairola, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)
A. K. Varma, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)
Abhijit Sarkar, Space Applications Ctr., ISRO (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6408:
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds
Si-Chee Tsay; Teruyuki Nakajima; Ramesh P. Singh; R. Sridharan, Editor(s)

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