SLALOM: An All-Surface Snow Water Path Retrieval Algorithm for the GPM Microwave Imager
AbstractThis paper describes a new algorithm that is able to detect snowfall and retrieve the associated snow water path (SWP), for any surface type, using the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI). The algorithm is tuned and evaluated against coincident observations of the Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR) onboard CloudSat. It is composed of three modules for (i) snowfall detection, (ii) supercooled droplet detection and (iii) SWP retrieval. This algorithm takes into account environmental conditions to retrieve SWP and does not rely on any surface classification scheme. The snowfall detection module is able to detect 83% of snowfall events including light SWP (down to 1 × 10−3 kg·m−2) with a false alarm ratio of 0.12. The supercooled detection module detects 97% of events, with a false alarm ratio of 0.05. The SWP estimates show a relative bias of −11%, a correlation of 0.84 and a root mean square error of 0.04 kg·m−2. Several applications of the algorithm are highlighted: Three case studies of snowfall events are investigated, and a 2-year high resolution 70°S–70°N snowfall occurrence distribution is presented. These results illustrate the high potential of this algorithm for snowfall detection and SWP retrieval using GMI. View Full-Text
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Rysman, J.-F.; Panegrossi, G.; Sanò, P.; Marra, A.C.; Dietrich, S.; Milani, L.; Kulie, M.S. SLALOM: An All-Surface Snow Water Path Retrieval Algorithm for the GPM Microwave Imager. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1278.
Rysman J-F, Panegrossi G, Sanò P, Marra AC, Dietrich S, Milani L, Kulie MS. SLALOM: An All-Surface Snow Water Path Retrieval Algorithm for the GPM Microwave Imager. Remote Sensing. 2018; 10(8):1278.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rysman, Jean-François; Panegrossi, Giulia; Sanò, Paolo; Marra, Anna C.; Dietrich, Stefano; Milani, Lisa; Kulie, Mark S. 2018. "SLALOM: An All-Surface Snow Water Path Retrieval Algorithm for the GPM Microwave Imager." Remote Sens. 10, no. 8: 1278.
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