Six ESSIC faculty chosen for NASA Precipitation Measurement Mission team

Six Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) faculty members are among the 60 chosen for NASA’s Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM) science team. The PMM program includes three major research categories: developing and evaluating retrieval algorithms for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory; developing methodologies for applications of satellite-based measurements; and using satellite and ground measurements for physical process studies of water, weather and climate.

The ESSIC faculty on the team, and their proposed projects, are:

  • Robert Adler, “Climatology and Variations of Surface Precipitation: Use of GPM/TRMM in the Long-Term Record”
  • Ralph Ferraro, “NOAA’s Continued Contributions to the Development and Utilization of NASA’s GPM Products”
  • Christopher Kidd, “A Physically-Based Scheme for the Retrieval of Precipitation from Cross-Track Sensors in the GPM Constellation”
  • Kwo-Sen Kuo, “Improved and Augmented Database of Hydrometeor Single-Scattering Properties to Support Algorithm Development”
  • William Lau, “Organization of Tropical Convection and Relationship with Extreme Precipitation Events”
  • Huan Wu, “Improved Global Flood Monitoring and Forecasting with GPM Precipitation and Hydrological Models”

NASA received 135 proposals for the PMM program.