3.2 Supporting Hydrometeorological Research and Applications with Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Products and Services

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 11:15 AM
Room 242 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Zhong Liu, George Mason University/CSISS and NASA GSFC GES DISC, Greenbelt, MD; and D. Ostrenga, B. Vollmer, B. Deshong, K. MacRitchie, M. Greene, and S. Kempler

Precipitation is an important dataset in hydrometeorological research and applications such as flood modeling, drought monitoring, etc. On February 27, 2014, the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission was launched to provide the next-generation global observations of rain and snow (http://pmm.nasa.gov/GPM). The GPM mission consists of an international network of satellites in which a GPM "Core Observatory" satellite carries both active and passive microwave instruments to measure precipitation and serve as a reference standard, to unify precipitation measurements from a constellation of other research and operational satellites.

The NASA Goddard Earth Sciences (GES) Data and Information Services Center (DISC) hosts and distributes GPM data. The GES DISC is home to the data archive for the GPM predecessor, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). GPM products currently available include the following:

1. Level-1 GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) and partner radiometer products

2. Goddard Profiling Algorithm (GPROF) GMI and partner products (Level-2 and Level-3)

3. GPM dual-frequency precipitation radar and their combined products (Level-2 and Level-3)

4. Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) products (early, late, and final run)

GPM data can be accessed through a number of data services (e.g., Simple Subset Wizard, OPeNDAP, WMS, WCS, ftp, etc.). A newly released Unified User Interface or UUI is a single interface to provide users seamless access to data, information and services. For example, a search for precipitation products will not only return TRMM and GPM products, but also other global precipitation products such as MERRA (Modern Era Retrospective-Analysis for Research and Applications), GLDAS (Global Land Data Assimilation Systems), etc.

New features and capabilities have been recently added in GIOVANNI to allow exploring and inter-comparing GPM IMERG (Integrated Multi-satelliE Retrievals for GPM) half-hourly and monthly precipitation products as well as other precipitation products such as TRMM, MERRA, NLDAS, GLDAS, etc. GIOVANNI is a web-based tool developed by the GES DISC, to visualize and analyze Earth science data without having to download data and software. During the GPM era, the GES DISC will continue to develop and provide data services for supporting applications. We will update and enhance existing TRMM applications (Current Conditions, the USDA Crop Explorer, etc.) with higher spatial resolution IMERG products.

In this presentation, we will present GPM data products and services with examples. Related URL: http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/uui/#/search/Precipitation (global precipitation products and services)

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