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Precipitation retrieval from spaceborne microwave radiometers based on maximum a a posteriori probability estimation

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6 Author(s)
Pierdicca, N. ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Rome Univ., Italy ; Marzano, F.S. ; d'Auria, G. ; Basili, P.
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A retrieval technique for estimating rainfall rate and precipitating cloud parameters from spaceborne multifrequency microwave radiometers is described. The algorithm is based on the maximum a posteriori probability criterion (MAP) applied to a simulated data base of cloud structures and related upward brightness temperatures. The cloud data base is randomly generated by imposing the mean values, the variances, and the correlations among the hydrometeor contents at each layer of the cloud vertical structure, derived from the outputs of a time-dependent microphysical cloud model. The simulated upward brightness temperatures are computed by applying a plane-parallel radiative transfer scheme. Given a multifrequency brightness temperature measurement, the MAP criterion is used to select the most probable cloud structure within the cloud-radiation data base. The algorithm is computationally efficient and has been numerically tested and compared against other methods. Its potential to retrieve rainfall over land has been explored by means of Special Sensor Microwave/Imager measurements for a rainfall event over Central Italy. The comparison of estimated rain rates with available raingauge measurements is also shown

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 4 )