The global precipitation measurement (GPM) mission status: Emphasis on falling snow retrievals

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© 2018 IEEE. Water is essential to our planet Earth. Retrievals of falling snow from space represent an important data set for understanding the Earth's atmospheric, hydrological, and energy cycles. Knowing when, where and how precipitation falls is crucial for understanding these linkages between the Earth's water and energy cycles and is classifying surface precipitation as frozen snow versus liquid rain. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory spacecraft launched February 27, 2014, is the anchor to the GPM international satellite mission to unify and advance precipitation measurements from a constellation of research and operational sensors to provide "next-generation" precipitation products. GPM is a partnership between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Status and successes in terms of spacecraft, instruments, retrieval products, validation, and impacts for science and society will be presented with an emphasis on the falling snow products and comparison to CloudSat snow products.

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International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)