NASA Satellite–Based Global Precipitation Products and Services for Drought

Authored by: Zhong Liu , Dana Ostrenga , William Teng , Steven J. Kempler , Bruce Vollmer

Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498731027
eBook ISBN: 9781315404219
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This chapter describes satellite-based global precipitation products archived and distributed at the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center for global drought research and monitoring activities. The global precipitation products consist of datasets from the popular NASA–JAXA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis and the Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for Global Precipitation Mission (GPM), or IMERG, from the recently launched GPM satellite and its partner satellites. Related data services that facilitate data access and applications are presented. Tools that allow data exploration and visualization without downloading data and software are introduced along with examples.

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