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Assessment of the Benefits of Extending the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission: A Perspective from the Research and Operations Communities - Interim Report
The Original Seven Priority Science Questions to be Addressed by TRMM
What is the four-dimensional structure of latent heating in the tropical atmosphere? How does it vary diurnally, intraseasonally, seasonally, and annually?
What is the role of latent heat released in the tropics in both tropical and extratropical circulation?
What is the monthly average rainfall over tropical ocean areas of about 10
5 km 2 and how does this rain and its variability affect the structure and circulation of the tropical oceans?
What is the relationship between precipitation and changes in boundary conditions at Earth’s surface (e.g., sea surface temperature, soil properties, vegetation)?
What is the diurnal cycle of tropical rainfall and how does it vary in space?
What are the relative contributions of convective and stratiform precipitation and how does it vary in space?
How can improved documentation of rainfall improve understanding of the hydrological cycle in the tropics?
Front Matter (R1-R12)
Executive Summary (1-10)
1 Introduction (11-16)
2 Decision Context (17-24)
3 Achievements of TRMM to Date (25-42)
4 Anticipated Contributions of TRMM (43-60)
Appendix A: Committee Biographies (67-74)
Appendix B: Statement of Task (75-76)
Appendix C: Workshop Agenda (77-78)
Appendix D: Workshop Participants and Other Contributors (79-80)
Appendix E: Letter from World Climate Research Programme/World Meteorological Organization to Administrator O'Keefe (NASA) and Dr. Yamanouchi (JAXA), July 6, 2004 (81-83)
Appendix F: Letter from Rep. Boehlert to Dr. Marburger, July 22, 2004 (84-85)
Appendix G: Letter from Rep. Lampson to President Bush, July 23, 2004 (86-87)
Appendix H: Letter from Vice Admiral Lautenbacher to Administrator O'Keefe, July 23, 2004 (88-89)
Appendix I: Letter from Administrator O'Keefe to Vice Admiral Lautenbacher, August 3, 2004 (90-92)
Appendix J: Abbreviations (93-95)
Appendix K: Examples of Improvements in Tropical Cyclone Nowcasting Gained from TRMM (96-104)