INTRODUCTION TO THE INTEGRATED MULTI-SATELLITE RETRIEVALS FOR GPM (IMERG) PRECIPITATION DATASETS
IMERG provides 0.1°x0.1° half-hourly data for successive runs at 6 hours, 16 hours, and 3.5 months after observation time, referred to as the Early, Late, and Final Runs, respectively. In the Day-1 product, IMERG covers the latitude band 60°N-S, for the period March 2014 to the present. In Spring 2016 IMERG will be retrospectively processed with fully GPM-based calibrations. Then, in early 2017 IMERG will be extended to cover 1998 to the present, and later expanded to fully global. All passive microwave estimates are produced using the latest version of the Goddard Profiling algorithm, currently GPROF2014 and moving to GPROF2015 in late 2015. These new GPROF’s include application to microwave sounders for the first time.
The presentation will briefly outline the various data fields provided in the IMERG data files, including precipitation estimates, time of observation and source of the current half hour’s microwave input data, and the current half hour’s IR precipitation estimate. The performance of the IMERG estimates will be discussed, including comparisons among the Runs. The talk will summarize the plans for continuing the legacy TRMM multi-satellite product, the TRMM Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA), until after IMERG is applied to the TRMM era. This reprocessing is expected in early 2017, with TMPA production ending about six months later.