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F. Joseph Turk, R. Sikhakolli, P. Kirstetter, and S. L. Durden

. , McDonald K. , Zimmermann R. , Schroeder R. , Kimball J. S. , and Njoku E. G. , 2012 : Application of QuikSCAT backscatter to SMAP validation planning: Freeze/thaw state over ALECTRA sites in Alaska from 2000 to 2007 . IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens . , 50 , 461 – 468 , doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2011.2174368 . Durden, S. L. , Tanelli S. , and Meneghini R. , 2012 : Using surface classification to improve surface reference technique performance over land . Indian J. Radio Space Phys. , 41

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Ali Behrangi, Bin Guan, Paul J. Neiman, Mathias Schreier, and Bjorn Lambrigtsen

Ocean. AR landfalls based on the less (more) stringent satellite-based AR criteria (see section 2 ) were used for comparison focusing on the ocean (land). The outcomes are expected to provide useful insights on the application of such datasets and future plans to improve the observing systems and products. 2. Dataset and study area a. AR database In this study, ARs are defined as satellite-observed integrated water vapor (IWV) plumes greater than 2000 km long, less than 1000 km wide, and with IWV

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Chris Kidd, Toshihisa Matsui, Jiundar Chern, Karen Mohr, Chris Kummerow, and Dave Randel

( Kidd 1998 ). In future versions of the XT database, it is planned to relax these issues through conducting MMF simulations with finer-resolution GCE (250-m horizontal grid spacing) over subgrid heterogeneous surface conditions. Importantly, these new MMF simulations, with new physics and grid configurations, will be constrained against the GPM combined product (GPM-2BCMB), in terms of precipitation intensity, microphysics, and storm structure. In parallel, the MMF simulation will be evaluated

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Abebe Sine Gebregiorgis, Pierre-Emmanuel Kirstetter, Yang E. Hong, Nicholas J. Carr, Jonathan J. Gourley, Walt Petersen, and Yaoyao Zheng

data validation plans of NASDA . IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens. , 41 , 195 – 203 , doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2002.808320 . 10.1109/TGRS.2002.808320 Shige , S. , S. Kida , H. Ashiwake , T. Kubota , and K. Aonashi , 2013 : Improvement of TMI rain retrievals in mountainous areas . J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. , 52 , 242 – 254 , doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-12-074.1 . 10.1175/JAMC-D-12-074.1 Smith , E. A. , and Coauthors , 1998 : Results of the WetNet PIP-2 project . J. Atmos. Sci. , 55 , 1483

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