AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Rain Rate/Type GSFC Profiling Algorithm

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Entry ID

AE_Rain

Summary

The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument on the NASA EOS Aqua satellite provides global passive microwave measurements of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric variables for the investigation of water and energy cycles.

This Level-2B swath product (AE_Rain) contains instantaneous measurements of rain rate and rain type (convective vs. stratiform), generated from Level-2A brightness temperatures (AE_L2A). The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Profiling algorithm determines rain rate and type over ocean areas, and a Modified GSFC Profiling algorithm over land. Data are stored in HDF-EOS format, and are available from 18 June 2002 to 3 October 2011 via FTP.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 70°     S: -70°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Adler, R., T. Wilheit, Jr., C. Kummerow, and R. Ferraro.
Dataset Title: AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Rain Rate/Type GSFC Profiling Algorithm
Dataset Release Date: 2004-02-27
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 2
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/ae_rain.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/AMSR-E/AE_RAIN.002

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 2002-06-18
Stop Date: 2011-10-03

Data Resolution

Latitude Resolution: 5.4 km
Longitude Resolution: 5.4 km
Temporal Resolution: 00:50:00

Location Keywords

  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION GLOBAL

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Precipitation Precipitation Rate
  • Atmosphere Precipitation Rain

Ancillary Keywords

  • AE_Rain
  • AMSR-E
  • Aqua
  • BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURES
  • Convective Precipitation
  • Convective Rainfall
  • DAAC
  • EOSDIS
  • EOS PM-1
  • Ferraro algorithm
  • GSFC
  • GSFC profiling algorithm
  • Imagery
  • Latent Heat Release
  • NASA
  • NSIDC
  • Passive Microwave
  • Precipitation Rate
  • Precipitation Type
  • Radiance
  • Rain Over Land
  • Rain Over Oceans
  • Rain Rate
  • Rain Type
  • Remote Sensing
  • Stratiform Precipitation
  • Stratiform Rainfall
  • Surface Rainfall
  • Tb

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • AQUA Earth Observing System, AQUA

Instrument

  • AMSR-E Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS

Project

  • EOS Earth Observing System
  • ESIP Earth Science Information Partners
  • EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data Information System Data and Information System

Quality

Each HDF-EOS file contains core metadata with Quality Assessment (QA) metadata flags that are set by the Science Investigator-led Processing System (SIPS) at the Global Hydrology and Climate Center (GHCC) prior to delivery to NSIDC. A separate metadata file with a .xml file extension is also delivered to NSIDC with the HDF-EOS file, and it contains the same information as the core metadata. Three levels of QA are conducted with the AMSR-E Level 2 and 3 products: automatic, operational, and science. If a product does not fail QA, it is ready to be used for higher-level processing, browse generation, active science QA, archive, and distribution. If a granule fails QA, SIPS does not send the granule to NSIDC until it is reprocessed. Level-3 products that fail QA are never delivered to NSIDC (Conway 2002).

Data Set Progress

in work

Data Center

NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 18 MB
Distribution Format: HDF-EOS

Personnel

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Thomas Wilheit, Jr.
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Texas A&M University
  • 3150 TAMU

City: College Park
Province or State: TX
Postal Code: 77843-3150

Christian Kummerow
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 970 491-7473
Fax: 1 970 491-8449
Email: kummerow@atmos.colostate.edu
Contact Address:

  • Department of Atmospheric Science
  • Colorado State University
  • 200 West Lake Street

City: Fort Collins
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80523
Country: USA

Christian Kummerow
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 970 491-7473
Fax: 1 970 491-8449
Email: kummerow@atmos.colostate.edu
Contact Address:

  • Department of Atmospheric Science
  • Colorado State University
  • 200 West Lake Street

City: Fort Collins
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80523
Country: USA

Ralph Ferraro
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: Ralph.Ferraro@noaa.gov
Contact Address:

  • ESSIC/CICS
  • 2207 Computer and Space Sciences Building
  • University of Maryland

City: College Park
Province or State: MD
Country: USA

Robert Adler
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 301 614-6290
Fax: 1 301 614-5492
Email: Robert.F.Adler@nasa.gov
Contact Address:

  • Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Branch
  • Laboratory for Atmospheres
  • NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Code 613

City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA

Robert Adler
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 301 614-6290
Fax: 1 301 614-5492
Email: Robert.F.Adler@nasa.gov
Contact Address:

  • Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Branch
  • Laboratory for Atmospheres
  • NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Code 613

City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA

Related URL

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
AMSR-E/Aqua Data at NSIDC

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
AMSR-E Web site at NSIDC

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
NASA AMSR-E Web site

Reference

Conway, D. 2002. Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS Quality Assurance Plan. Huntsville, AL Global Hydrology and Climate Center.

Ferraro, R. R. 1997. SSM/I Derived Global Rainfall Estimates for Climatological Applications. Journal of Geophysical Research 102:16,715-16,735.

Ferraro, R. R. and G. F. Marks. 1995. The Development of SSM/I Rain Rate Retrieval Algorithms Using Ground Based Radar Measurements. Journal of Atmos. Oceanic Technology 12 755-770.

Grody, N. C. 1991. Classification of Snow Cover and Precipitation Using the Special Sensor/Microwave Imager (SSM/I). Journal of Geophysical Research 96:7423-7435. Kummerow, C., Y. Hong, W. S. Olson, S. Yang, R. F. Adler, J. McCollum, R. Ferraro, G. Petty, D. B. Shin, and T. T. Wilheit. 2001. The Evolution of the Goddard Profiling Algorithm (GPROF) for Rainfall Estimation from Passive Microwave Sensors. Journal of Applied Meteorology 40: 1801-1820.

Kummerow, C., W. Olson, and L. Giglio. 1996. The Evolution of the Goddard Profiling Algorithm (GPROF) for Rainfall Estimation from Passive Microwave Sensors. IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing 34: 1213-1232.

McCollum, J., and R. Ferraro. 2003. Next Generation of NOAA/NESDIS TMI, SSM/I, and AMSR-E Microwave Land Rainfall Algorithms. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 108(D8): art. no. 8382.

McCollum, J. R., A. Gruber, and M. B. Ba. 1999. Discrepancy between gauges and satellite estimates of rainfall in equatorial Africa. Journal Appl. Meteor 41 1065-1080.

Wilheit, T., C. Kummerow, and R. Ferraro. 2003. Rainfall algorithms for AMSR-E. IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing 41(2): 204-214.

Kummerow, C., and R. Ferraro. 2007. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document: EOS/AMSR-E Level-2 Rainfall. Fort Collins, Colorado, USA: Colorado State University. (View PDF File)

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2004-02-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-05-08

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