The use of blending techniques in H-SAF


Davide Melfi presents a method that blends GEO and LEO precipitation products.

Length: 19 minutes


The main precipitation products developed worldwide are based on microwave (MW) radiometry Microwave (MW) radiation is the most effective for precipitation retrieval because of the direct interaction of radiation with the frozen and liquid hydrometeors within precipitating clouds as opposed to visible or infrared observations sensitive to the upper portion of the clouds. However, as microwave instruments are currently only available on-board satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), they do not provide a continuous monitoring of rainfall over a given location. One methodology is to combine geostationary and low orbit satellite observations. This kind of multi-platform algorithm provides global precipitation estimation merging high quality, sparsely sampled data from low earth orbit satellites (e.g. Metop, NOAA series, DMSP, i.e. LEO/MS in general) with continuously sampled data from geostationary satellites (e.g. GEO/IR). The presentation will describe an example of such retrieval techniques used in HSAF and the future approach in combining such different sources of data.

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