14 October 2004 Ground truth and climate model comparison for TRMM rainfall data
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Five years of rainfall data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission are now available for use. This paper surveys comparisons of these rain rate data with buoy-based estimates over the Tropical Pacific and with simulations with the CCM3, a general circulation model of atmospheric circulation. We examine both the seasonal and diurnal cycles in the data. The TRMM data agree reasonably well with the buoy data for both the seasonal and diurnal cycles. While the data generally agree with the simulations, there are some discrepancies which can be attributed to model failures.
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Gerald R. North, Kenneth P. Bowman, J. Craig Collier, Qiaoyan Wu, Eunho Ha, Amy Phillips, James Hardin, "Ground truth and climate model comparison for TRMM rainfall data", Proc. SPIE 5548, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization: an End-to-End System Perspective, (14 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.556984; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.556984

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