Details of precipitation across the planet

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The new mix of satellites and sensors aboard the International Space Station provide a flurry of information.
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Rain Revealed in Unprecedented Detail by Satellites

A constellation of new satellites are showing details of precipitation across the planet like never before

By Brian Kahn and Climate Confidential

Few things on our planet connect us like precipitation. The storm that drops snow in the mountains of Tennessee one day can bring rain to the plains of Spain a week later.

Yet there hasn’t been a way to effectively monitor all the precipitation across the globe at once, let alone create a vertical profile from the clouds to the ground. All that changed last year, though, when NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the last piece of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, a constellation of at least 12 satellites that give an unprecedented view of global precipitation available in near real time. And on Thursday, NASA released its first map produced by those satellites.

Read the full article: Scientific American

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/ILNC7IdyWVU

 

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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