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Remote Sens. 2019, 11(1), 80; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11010080

Studies of General Precipitation Features with TRMM PR Data: An Extensive Overview

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CMA Key Laboratory for Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation, School of Atmospheric Physics, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
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Laboratory of Straits Meteorology, Xiamen 361012, China
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Shanghai Meteorological Sci-Tech Service Centre, Shanghai 200030
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Department of Physics, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Received: 3 October 2018 / Revised: 19 November 2018 / Accepted: 14 December 2018 / Published: 4 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Atmosphere Remote Sensing)
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The Precipitation Radar (PR), the first space-borne precipitation radar onboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, could observe three-dimensional precipitation in global tropical regions and acquire continuous rainfall information with moderate temporal and high spatial resolutions. TRMM PR had carried out 17 years of observations and ended collecting data in April, 2015. So far, comprehensive and abundant research results related to the application of PR data have been analyzed in the current literature, but overall precipitation features are not yet identified, a gap that this review intends to fill. Studies on comparisons with ground-based radars and rain gauges are first introduced to summarize the reliability of PR observations or estimates. Then, this paper focuses on general precipitation features abstracted from about 130 studies, from 2000 to 2018, regarding lightning analysis, latent heat retrieval, and rainfall observation by PR data. Finally, we describe the existing problems and limitations as well as the future prospects of the space-borne precipitation radar data. View Full-Text
Keywords: tropical rainfall measuring mission; precipitation radar; precipitation features; latent heat; lightning tropical rainfall measuring mission; precipitation radar; precipitation features; latent heat; lightning
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Li, N.; Wang, Z.; Chen, X.; Austin, G. Studies of General Precipitation Features with TRMM PR Data: An Extensive Overview. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 80.

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