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Introduction to Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Data and Applications

The scanning capabilities of GMI and DPR on the GPM Core Satellite. Credit: NASA SVS

This training will introduce participants to the data and applications of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. GPM is an international satellite mission that provides next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. 

Precipitation is the most important source of freshwater, and accurate measurements are crucial in planning water resources for drinking water, agriculture, hydro-power, health, ecosystems, and flood management. The NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) was designed specifically for precipitation remote sensing. Combined with data from other national and international satellites, provides near real-time measurements, as well as 15 years of historical measurements, used for a variety of societal applications. The TRMM satellite ended collecting data on April 15, 2015. 

NASA launched the GPM Mission in February 2014 to ensure continued availability of improved quality, near-global precipitation data for societal applications and environmental decision support. 

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees will be able to access GPM data and products, and import the data into GIS (ArcMAP). 

Course Format: 
  • Three, one-hour sessions
  • Introductory Webinar - no remote sensing experience required
Prerequisites: 

No prior remote sensing experience required. 

Audience: 

Intended primarily for applied professionals engaged in environmental management. 

Registration Information: 

This webinar is free, but you must register for each session before viewing the recording. 

Session One: Course Overview

An overview of ARSET, an introduction to precipitation remote sensing, an overview of TRMM, introduction to the GPM mission and sensors, and examples of precipitation data applications. View the recording »

Session Two: TRMM/GPM Data Products & Data Access Tools

A review of session one; an overview of GPM rainfall data, including data processing levels and data formats; and an overview of GPM data access tools, including a demonstration of GPM data visualization. View the recording »

Session Three: GPM-IMERG Data, Demonstration of Data Access and GIS Applications

A review of sessions one and two, information on GPM-IMERG from guest speaker Dr. George Huffman (NASA-GSFC), a case study using GPM-IMERG Precipitation Data for Hurricane Arthur, and a course summary. View the recording »

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