Supporting the Use of GPM-GV Field Campaign Data Beyond Project Scientists

TitleSupporting the Use of GPM-GV Field Campaign Data Beyond Project Scientists
Publication TypePresentation
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWeigel, A
Secondary AuthorsSinclair, L, Smith, D, Bugbee, K
ConferenceAmerican Geophysical Union 2017 Fall Meeting
Conference LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
KeywordsField Campaign, GHRC, GPM, OLYMPEX
AbstractThe Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission Ground Validation (GV) consisted of a collection of field campaigns at various locations focusing on particular aspects of precipitation. Data collected during the GPM-GV are necessary for better understanding the instruments and algorithms used to monitor water resources, study the global hydrologic cycle, understand climate variability, and improve weather prediction. The GPM-GV field campaign data have been archived at the NASA Global Hydrology Resource Center (GHRC) Distributed Achive Archive Center (DAAC). These data consist of a heterogeneous collection of observations that require careful handling, full descriptive user guides, and helpful instructions for data use. These actions are part of the data archival process. In addition, the GHRC focuses on bringing the GPM-GV data to a broader audience, expanding the data use beyond the validation and instrument researchers that participated in the field campaigns. To accomplish this, GHRC ties together the similarities and differences between the various field campaigns with the goal of improving user documents to be more easily read by those outside the field of research. In this poster, the authors will describe the GPM-GV datasets, discuss data use among the broader community, outline the types of problems/issues with these datasets, demonstrate what tools support data visualization and use, and highlight the outreach materials developed to educate both younger and general audiences about the data.
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