Earth 

GPM Applications

Water is fundamental to life on Earth. Knowing where and how much rain and snow falls globally is vital to understanding how weather and climate impact both our environment and Earth's water and energy cycles, including effects on agriculture, fresh water availability, and responses to natural disasters. Since rainfall and snowfall vary greatly from place to place and over time, satellites can provide more uniform observations of rain and snow around the globe than ground instruments, especially in areas where surface measurements are difficult. GPM's next-generation global precipitation data will lead to scientific advances and societal benefits in the following areas:

Improved knowledge of the Earth's water cycle and its link to climate change

New insights into precipitation microphysics, storm structures and large-scale atmospheric processes

Better understanding of climate sensitivity and feedback processes

Extended capabilities in monitoring and predicting hurricanes and other extreme weather events

Improved forecasting capabilities for natural hazards, including floods, droughts and landslides.

Enhanced numerical prediction skills for weather and climate

Better agricultural crop forecasting and monitoring of freshwater resources.

For more information and resources please visit the Precipitation Measurement Missions web site.


Credits

Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Lead Animator
Walt Feimer (HTSI): Animator
Chris Meaney (HTSI): Animator
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Animator
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Video Editor
Scott Braun (NASA/GSFC): Interviewee
Candace C Carlisle (NASA/GSFC): Interviewee
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Interviewee
Eric F. Wood (Princeton University): Interviewee
Wade Crow (USDA): Interviewee
Tom Trout (USDA): Interviewee
Rob Gutro (NASA/GSFC): Narrator
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Gail Skofronick Jackson (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Arthur Hou Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Writer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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Mission:
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

This item is part of this series:
Narrated Movies

Goddard TV Tapes:
G2012-087 -- GPM Applications: Cyclone Tracking
G2012-096 -- GPM Applications: Too Much, Too Little

Keywords:
SVS >> Drought
SVS >> Flooding
SVS >> Floods
SVS >> GPM
DLESE >> Geology
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Hurricane
DLESE >> Natural hazards
SVS >> New England
DLESE >> Physical geography
SVS >> Precipitation
SVS >> Tropical Storm
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/Engineering >> Radar
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Erosion/Sedimentation >> Landslides
GCMD >> Location >> Vermont
DLESE >> Narrated
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0