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Precipitation Rate

Other Names

Rain Rate, Rainfall, Precip. Rate

Definition

The amount of precipitation that is collected over a specific time period; usually measured in inches/hour or millimeters/hour.
Precipitation is all liquid or solid phase aqueous particles that originate in the atmosphere and fall to the earth's surface. The amount, usually expressed in millimeters or inches of liquid water depth, of the water substance that has fallen at a given point over a specified period of time. As this is usually measured in a fixed rain gauge, small amounts of dew, frost, rime, etc., may be included in the total. The more common term rainfall is also used in this total sense to include not only amounts of rain, but also the water equivalents of frozen precipitation. For obvious reasons, precipitation is the preferred general term.

Applications

(1) Global energy budget (6) Agriculture
(2) Global and regional water balance (7) Industry
(3) Climate change (8) Drought and flood
(4) Global warming (9) Aerosol wet deposition
(5) Health and Environment (10) Acid rain

Platforms and Sensors


Platform Sensor Spectrum
Aqua AIRS/AMSU
TRMM VIRS 0.3, 1.6, 3,75, 10.8 and 12 micrometer
TRMM TMI Dual polarization: 10.65, 19.35, 37, and 85.5 GHz Vertical polarization: 21 GHz
TRMM PR Vertical polarization: 13.8 GHz

GES DISC Datasets

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Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data Products
Begin Date End Date Data Access Doc
Precipitation Rate   TRMM/PR 1997-12-07 Current TRMM_2A25 Y
TRMM_3A25 Y
TRMM_3A26 Y
TRMM_3B42 Y
TRMM/TMI 1997-12-07 Current TRMM_2A12 Y
TRMM_3A11 Y
TRMM_3A12 Y
TRMM_3B43 Y
Aqua/AIRS 2002-08-30 Current AIRH2SUP Y

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