Earth  ID: 4203

GPM Constellation

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission unites data from ten U.S. and international satellites that measure rainfall and snowfall. The partnership, co-led by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is anchored by the GPM Core Observatory, launched on February 27, 2014. Carrying two advanced precipitation instruments, the GPM Microwave Imager and Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar, the Core Observatory measures the full range of precipitation types from heavy rainfall to, for the first time, light rain and snowfall. With an orbit that cuts across the path of the other satellites it is also used as a reference standard so that data from all the partner satellites can be meaningfully compared. The combined data from all ten satellites allows scientists to collect precipitation data from all parts of the world in under three hours.
 

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Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
Rani Gran (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Gail Skofronick Jackson (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems Inc.): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems Inc.): Project Support
Ellen T. Gray (ADNET Systems Inc.): Writer
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Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.

AMSR2 data courtesy of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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Missions:
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission - TRMM
Viking

Data Used:
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
TRMM/PR and TMI/Monthly Average Precipitation 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
DMSP F16/SSMI/Precipitation 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
SHIZUKU (GCOM-W1)/AMSR2/precipitation rates 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
DMSP F17/SSMI/Precipitation 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
DMSP F18/SSMI/Precipitation 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
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GPM Animations

Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Cryology
SVS >> HDTV
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Storms
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Precipitation Rate
SVS >> Hydrosphere >> Snow/Ice
NASA Science >> Earth
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Terrestrial Hydrosphere >> Snow/ice

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