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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.


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): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Project Support
Ellen T. Gray (ADNET): Writer
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Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission - TRMM

Data Used:
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation also referred to as: Rain Rates
3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
SHIZUKU (GCOM-W1)/AMSR2/precipitation rates also referred to as: rain rates
JAXA - 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
AMSR2 data courtesy of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
DMSP F16/SSMI/Precipitation also referred to as: Rain Rates
Observed Data - NOAA & Air Force Space Command - 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
DMSP F17/SSMI/Precipitation also referred to as: Rain Rates
Observed Data - NOAA & Air Force Space Command - 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
DMSP F18/SSMI/Precipitation also referred to as: Rain Rates
Observed Data - NOAA & Air Force Space Command - 3/16/2014 - 3/17/2014
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GPM Animations

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Cryology
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