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AMSR-E/Aqua Monthly L3 5x5 deg Rainfall Accumulations

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Entry ID

AE_RnGd

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-3 rainfall accumulation product (AE_RnGd) consists of two grids of 28 rows by 72 columns of monthly averaged rainfall accumulation over ocean and land. Both grids are 5 degree by 5 degree resolution. Monthly ocean rainfall accumulation (mm) is derived from the Wilheit, Kummerow, and Ferraro (1991) algorithm, using Level-2A brightness temperatures as input. Monthly land rainfall accumulation (mm) is derived from the McCollum and Ferraro (2003) algorithm, using Level-2B rainfall data as input. Data are stored in HDF-EOS format, and are available from 19 June 2002 to the present 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 Monthly L3 5x5 deg Rainfall Accumulations
Dataset Release Date: 2004-01-01
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_rngd.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/AMSR-E/AE_RNGD.002

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 2002-06-19
Stop Date: 2011-10-01

Data Resolution

Latitude Resolution: 5 deg
Longitude Resolution: 5 deg
Temporal Resolution: 1 mon

Location Keywords

  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION GLOBAL

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Precipitation Precipitation Amount
  • Atmosphere Precipitation Rain

Ancillary Keywords

  • AE_RnGd
  • AMSR-E
  • Aqua
  • BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURES
  • DAAC
  • EOSDIS
  • EOS PM-1
  • Ferraro algorithm
  • GSFC
  • GSFC profiling algorithm
  • Imagery
  • NASA
  • NSIDC
  • Passive Microwave
  • Precipitation Accumulation
  • Precipitation Amount
  • Precipitation Total
  • Radiance
  • Rain Accumulation
  • Rain Amount
  • Rainfall Amount
  • Rainfall Total
  • Rain Over Land
  • Rain Over Oceans
  • Remote Sensing
  • Tb
  • Total Precipitation
  • Total Rainfall

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

The investigators perform quality control through visual examination of rainfall products on various temporal and spatial scales to ensure that rainfall maps are consistent with climate records, and that there are no gross errors. They also compare their rainfall estimates with ground-based radar estimates.

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: 88 KB
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 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.

Kedam, B., L. Chiu, and G. North. 1990. Estimation of Mean Rain Rates: Applications to Satellite Observations. J. Geophys Res. 95: 1965-1972

Marshall, T. S. and W. M. Palmer. 1948. The Distribution of Raindrops with Size. J. Meteorol 5: 165-166.

Mie, G. 1908. Beiträge zur Optik Trüber Medien, speziell kolloidaler Metalösungen. Ann. Phys. 26: 597-614.

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.

Tesmer, J. R., and T. T. Wilheit. 1997. An Improved Microwave Radiative Transfer Model for Tropical Oceanic Precipitation. Journal of Atmospheric Science 55:1674-1688. Wang, S. A. 1995. Modeling the Beam Filling Correction for Microwave Retrieval of Oceanic Rainfall. PhD dissertation. Dept of Meteorology; Texas A&M University Wilheit, Thomas, C. Kummerow, and R. Ferraro. 2007. Supplement AMSR-E Monthly Level-3 Rainfall Accumulations Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document. College Park, TX, USA: Texas A&M University. (View PDF)

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

Wilheit, T., C. Kummerow, and R. Ferraro. 1999. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document for EOS/AMSR Rainfall. College Park, TX, USA: Texas A&M University.

Wilheit, T. T., A. T .C. Chang, and L. S. Chiu. 1991. Retrieval of monthly rainfall indices from microwave radiometric measurement using probability distribution functions. Journal of Atmospheric Oceanic Technology 8: 118-136.

For more information regarding related publications, see the Research Using AMSR-E Data Web page.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2004-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-04-16

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