Six Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) faculty members are among the 60 chosen for NASA’s Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) science team. The PMM program includes three major research categories: developing and evaluating retrieval algorithms for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory; developing methodologies for applications of satellite-based measurements; and using satellite and ground measurements for physical process studies of water, weather and climate.
The ESSIC faculty on the team, and their proposed projects, are:
- Robert Adler, “Climatology and Variations of Surface Precipitation: Use of GPM/TRMM in the Long-Term Record”
- Ralph Ferraro, “NOAA’s Continued Contributions to the Development and Utilization of NASA’s GPM Products”
- Christopher Kidd, “A Physically-Based Scheme for the Retrieval of Precipitation from Cross-Track Sensors in the GPM Constellation”
- Kwo-Sen Kuo, “Improved and Augmented Database of Hydrometeor Single-Scattering Properties to Support Algorithm Development”
- William Lau, “Organization of Tropical Convection and Relationship with Extreme Precipitation Events”
- Huan Wu, “Improved Global Flood Monitoring and Forecasting with GPM Precipitation and Hydrological Models”
NASA received 135 proposals for the PMM program.