The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Sensor Package

Christian Kummerow and William Barnes

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

Toshiaki Kozu

Communications Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan

James Shiue and Joanne Simpson

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

ABSTRACT

This note is intended to serve primarily as a reference guide to users wishing to make use of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission data. It covers each of the three primary rainfall instruments: the passive microwave radiometer, the precipitation radar, and the Visible and Infrared Radiometer System on board the spacecraft. Radiometric characteristics, scanning geometry, calibration procedures, and data products are described for each of these three sensors.