Applications - NWP (JCSDA):
Improve assimilation of radiances to produce accurate global moisture and precipitation fields in data assimilation.
Provide accurate precipitation estimates independent of the data assimilation system for validation and calibration.
Provide near-real-time accurate estimates of global precipitation over land for assimilation in land data assimilation.
Data Processing/Algorithm Implementation:
Parallel/joint PPS operated through joint facility similar to JCSDA.
Integration of in situ data (gauge, radar, other) into regional and global analysis.
Collect past measurements of precipitation and satellite radiances for as long as possible and process these to give as long, accurate, consistent records as possible.
Continued development of advanced retrieval algorithms to include probabilistic QPE and utilization of cloud microphysics for NWP, flash flood, and climate.
Establish and carry out on-going reanalyses to produce extended and consistent historical records of precipitation.
Continued utilizations of testbeds.
Continue to support new technologies and organize into networks (e.g., WSR-88D upgrade to dual-polarization).
Utilization of GPM measurements along with advanced retrieval techniques to define future NOAA precipitation program/mission (GPM follow-on) and Geo-MW (GOES-R series).
Applications - Climate & NWP (JCSDA):
Direct assimilation of precipitation estimates in NWP.
Improve observed and modeled accuracy of tropical precipitation and distribution of latent heat release to improve hurricane, medium-range, monthly, and seasonal forecasts.
Improve forecasts of precipitation globally, with a short-range focus on the United States.