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SSM/I Derived Monthly Rainfall Indices

  • SSM/I Derived Monthly Rainfall Indices
  • NCAR_DS729.0
  • Chang, A. T., L. S. Chiu, and T. T. Wilheit, 1993: Random Errors of Oceanic Monthly Rainfall Derived from SSM/I Using Probability Distribution Functions. Mon. Wea. Rev., 121, 2351-2354 (DOI: 10.1175/1520-0493(1993)121less than2351:REOOMRgreater than2.0.CO;2), URL: than2351:REOOMRgreater than2.0.CO;2. Wilheit, T. T., A. T. Chang, and L. S. Chiu, 1991: Retrieval of Monthly Rainfall Indices from Microwave Radiometric Measurements Using Probability Distribution Functions. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 8, 118-136 (DOI: 10.1175/1520-0426(1991)008less than0118:ROMRIFgreater than2.0.CO;2), URL: than0118:ROMRIFgreater than2.0.CO;2.
  • This Global Precipitation Climate Project (GPCP) dataset contains 89 months of DMSP SSM/I derived monthly rainfall indices on a 5-degree latitude/longitude grid covering the oceans from 50S latitude to 50N. The period covered is July 1987 to December 1994 (December 1987 is missing because the SSM/I was turned off). DMSP F8 SSM/I data were used from July 1987 to December 1991 and DMSP F11 SSM/I data were used from January 1992 to December 1994.
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