3rd International Workshop on GPM Ground Validation Planning

February 25, 2008

Tim Schneider and Christopher Williams of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory will participate in the Third International Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Ground Validation (GV) Planning Workshop. The workshop, "Establishing a Framework for International Partnership in GPM Ground Validation," will take place 4-6 March 2008, in Buzios, Brazil. Its goal is to develop internationally coordinated research and observational programs designed around three major ground validation approaches: national networks, process studies and field campaigns, and integrated hydrometeorology applications. Tim is a member of the workshopÕs Program Advisory Committee and will give a presentation entitled, "Linking NOAA HMT & Operational Hydrological Applications in the U.S. with GPM GV." Christopher will attend as a member of the NASA GPM Science Team and of the NASA GV Working Group. He works as liaison between the NASA GPM and NOAA HMT Programs.

In 1997 NASA, in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. NOAA found the high-quality precipitation data from the TRMM satellite to be extremely useful in many different forecasting applications. Since TRMM was only intended to last three to five years in orbit, NASA plans to launch a new satellite to succeed TRMM with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission in 2013.

NOAA's HMT program, which accelerates the transfer of NOAA research technologies into operational use by the National Weather Service (NWS), is being used as a framework to build collaborations between NOAA and NASA to transfer GPM observations seamlessly into NWS operations.

Accurate global precipitation measurements are key to understanding the EarthÕs water cycle and predicting weather and climate. NOAA will play a significant role in GPM and these workshops are first steps towards development of a strategic plan to formalize preparations and implementation of the GPM mission.

Contact: Tim Schneider