Entry_ID: AE_RnGd
Entry_Title: AMSR-E/Aqua Monthly L3 5x5 deg Rainfall Accumulations
Group: 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
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Technical Contact
   First_Name: NSIDC
   Last_Name: User Services
   Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
   Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
   Fax: 1 303  492-2468 x
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
      Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
      Address: University of Colorado
      City: Boulder
      Province_or_State: CO
      Postal_Code: 80309-0449
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Thomas
   Last_Name: Wilheit, Jr.
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: Department of Atmospheric Sciences
      Address: Texas A&M University
      Address: 3150 TAMU
      City: College Park
      Province_or_State: TX
      Postal_Code: 77843-3150
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Christian
   Last_Name: Kummerow
   Email: kummerow@atmos.colostate.edu
   Phone: 1 970 491-7473 
   Fax: 1 970  491-8449 
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: Department of Atmospheric Science
      Address: Colorado State University
      Address: 200 West Lake Street
      City: Fort Collins
      Province_or_State: CO
      Postal_Code: 80523
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Christian
   Last_Name: Kummerow
   Email: kummerow@atmos.colostate.edu
   Phone: 1 970 491-7473 
   Fax: 1 970  491-8449 
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: Department of Atmospheric Science
      Address: Colorado State University
      Address: 200 West Lake Street
      City: Fort Collins
      Province_or_State: CO
      Postal_Code: 80523
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Ralph
   Last_Name: Ferraro
   Email: Ralph.Ferraro@noaa.gov
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: ESSIC/CICS
      Address: 2207 Computer and Space Sciences Building
      Address: University of Maryland
      City: College Park
      Province_or_State: MD
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Robert
   Last_Name: Adler
   Email: Robert.F.Adler@nasa.gov
   Phone: 1 301 614-6290 
   Fax: 1 301  614-5492 
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Branch
      Address: Laboratory for Atmospheres
      Address: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
      Address: Code 613
      City: Greenbelt
      Province_or_State: MD
      Postal_Code: 20771
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Personnel
   Role: Investigator
   First_Name: Robert
   Last_Name: Adler
   Email: Robert.F.Adler@nasa.gov
   Phone: 1 301 614-6290 
   Fax: 1 301  614-5492 
   Group: Contact_Address
      Address: Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Branch
      Address: Laboratory for Atmospheres
      Address: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
      Address: Code 613
      City: Greenbelt
      Province_or_State: MD
      Postal_Code: 20771
      Country: USA
   End_Group
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Atmosphere
   Term: Precipitation
   Variable_Level_1: Precipitation Amount
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Group: Parameters
   Category: EARTH SCIENCE
   Topic: Atmosphere
   Term: Precipitation
   Variable_Level_1: Rain
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ISO_Topic_Category: Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere
Keyword: AE_RnGd
Keyword: AMSR-E
Keyword: Aqua
Keyword: BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURES
Keyword: DAAC
Keyword: EOSDIS
Keyword: EOS PM-1
Keyword: Ferraro algorithm
Keyword: GSFC
Keyword: GSFC profiling algorithm
Keyword: Imagery
Keyword: NASA
Keyword: NSIDC
Keyword: Passive Microwave
Keyword: Precipitation Accumulation
Keyword: Precipitation Amount
Keyword: Precipitation Total
Keyword: Radiance
Keyword: Rain Accumulation
Keyword: Rain Amount
Keyword: Rainfall Amount
Keyword: Rainfall Total
Keyword: Rain Over Land
Keyword: Rain Over Oceans
Keyword: Remote Sensing
Keyword: Tb
Keyword: Total Precipitation
Keyword: Total Rainfall
Sensor_Name: AMSR-E > Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS
Source_Name: AQUA > Earth Observing System, AQUA
Group: Temporal_Coverage
   Start_Date: 2002-06-19
   Stop_Date: 2011-10-01
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Data_Set_Progress: in work
Group: Spatial_Coverage
   Southernmost_Latitude: -70
   Northernmost_Latitude: 70
   Westernmost_Longitude: -180
   Easternmost_Longitude: 180
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Group: Location
   Location_Category: GEOGRAPHIC REGION
   Location_Type: GLOBAL
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Group: Data_Resolution
   Latitude_Resolution: 5 deg
   Longitude_Resolution: 5 deg
   Temporal_Resolution: 1 mon
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Project: EOS > Earth Observing System
Project: ESIP > Earth Science Information Partners
Project: EOSDIS > Earth Observing System Data Information System Data and Information System
Group: 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.

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Data_Set_Language: English
Group: Data_Center
   Data_Center_Name: NASA DAAC > NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
   Data_Center_URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html
   Group: Personnel
      Role: Data Center Contact
      First_Name: NSIDC
      Last_Name: User Services
      Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
      Phone: 1 303 492-6199 
      Fax: 1 303  492-2468 
      Group: Contact_Address
         Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
         Address: University of Colorado
         City: Boulder
         Province_or_State: CO
         Postal_Code: 80309-0449
         Country: USA
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   End_Group
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Group: Data_Center
   Data_Center_Name: NSIDC > National Snow and Ice Data Center
   Data_Center_URL: http://nsidc.org
   Group: Personnel
      Role: Data Center Contact
      First_Name: NSIDC
      Last_Name: User Services
      Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
      Phone: 1 303 492-6199 
      Fax: 1 303  492-2468 
      Group: Contact_Address
         Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
         Address: University of Colorado
         City: Boulder
         Province_or_State: CO
         Postal_Code: 80309-0449
         Country: USA
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   End_Group
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Group: Distribution
   Distribution_Media: FTP
   Distribution_Size: 88 KB
   Distribution_Format: HDF-EOS
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Group: 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.

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Group: 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.

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Group: Related_URL
   Group: URL_Content_Type
      Type: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
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   URL: http://nsidc.org/data/amsre/
   Description: AMSR-E Data at NSIDC
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Group: Related_URL
   Group: URL_Content_Type
      Type: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
   End_Group
   URL: http://nsidc.org/data/amsre/index.html
   Description: AMSR-E Web site at NSIDC
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Group: Related_URL
   Group: URL_Content_Type
      Type: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
   End_Group
   URL: http://wwwghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/AMSR/
   Description: NASA AMSR-E Web site
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IDN_Node: USA/NASA
Metadata_Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata_Version: 9.7
DIF_Creation_Date: 2004-01-01
Last_DIF_Revision_Date: 2014-04-16
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