The TRMM Measurement Concept

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  • 1 Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
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Abstract

The relationship between the microwave radiometer and the precipitation radar on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission TRMM satellite is inherently complementary. Neither sensor by itself would be adequate to achieve the TRMM objectives but the match between the strengths and weaknesses of each sensor results in an extremely powerful payload. Here these strengths and weaknesses are discussed and a specific example is examined.

Abstract

The relationship between the microwave radiometer and the precipitation radar on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission TRMM satellite is inherently complementary. Neither sensor by itself would be adequate to achieve the TRMM objectives but the match between the strengths and weaknesses of each sensor results in an extremely powerful payload. Here these strengths and weaknesses are discussed and a specific example is examined.

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