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TRMM Ground Validation Radar Site 3D Reflectivity L2 1 hour V7 (TRMM_2A55) at GES DISC

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

'Radar Site 3-D Reflectivities', is composed of 3 different fields. The first field has an array of 3-D reflectivities in Cartesian coordinates with a 2 km horizontal resolution over an area of 300 km x 300 km for single radar sites, and 724 km x 568 km for Texas multiple radar site, 512 km x 704 km for Florida multiple radar site. It has a vertical resolution of 1.5km and a height range up to 19.5 km. The second field has an array of vertical profiles based on the first field, and the third field has an array of the Contoured Frequency by Altitude Diagram (CFAD) data based on the first and second field.

A key component of the TRMM project is the Ground Validation (GV) effort which consists of collecting data from ground-based radar, rain gauges and disdrometers. The data is quality-controlled, and then validation products are produced for comparison with TRMM satellite products.

The four primary GV sites are:

  • Darwin, Australia;
  • Houston, Texas;
  • Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands;
  • Melbourne, Florida.

A significant effort is also being supported at NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) and vicinity to provide high quality, long-term measurements of rain rates (via a network of rain gauges collocated with National Weather Service gauges), as well as drop size distributions (DSD) using a variety of instruments, including impact-type Joss Waldvogel, laser-optical Parsivel, as well as two-dimensional video disdrometers. DSD measurements are also being collected at Melbourne and Kwajalein using Joss-Waldvogel disdrometers.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023

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Harvested from NASA Data.json

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Identifier C1332654098-GES_DISC
Data First Published 2011-07-01
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2016-05-09
Category TRMM, geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 026:00
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Metadata Catalog ID
Schema Version
Catalog Describedby
Citation Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). 2007-01-01. TRMM_2A55. TRMM Ground Validation Radar Site 3D Reflectivity L2 1 hour V7. Greenbelt, MD. Archived by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government, Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).
Creator Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
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Harvest Source Id 58f92550-7a01-4f00-b1b2-8dc953bd598f
Harvest Source Title NASA Data.json
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Program Code 026:001
Release Place Greenbelt, MD
Series Name TRMM_2A55
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 201c8adc4aca4a1ea5ad1edb696c28c688e0df2cb79fc5b1f3856786fc917845
Source Schema Version 1.1
Temporal 1997-11-27T00:00:00Z/2014-12-31T23:59:59.999Z

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