FIGURE 3-1 Evidence of a rapidly growing body of refereed publications directly related to TRMM. The data are obtained by searching the Institute for Scientific Information’s Science Citation Index for papers that mention TRMM either in the title, abstract, or keywords. Papers dealing with operational aspects are based on terms such as “real-time,” “operational,” and “assimilation.” SOURCE: Matthias Steiner, Princeton University.
EFFECT OF TRMM
One proxy measure of TRMM’s effect on the scientific enterprise and technology development is the dramatically increasing number of refereed publications that mention TRMM (see Figure 3-1).1 The TRMM launch triggered a flood of research that led to significant improvements in our understanding of tropical weather systems and their prediction, as well as quantification of key