Sampling Errors in Rainfall Estimates by Multiple Satellites Conference Paper uri icon


  • The satellite overpasses are allowed to make partial coverage snapshots of the grid box with each overpass. Such partial visits are considered in an appxoximate way, letting each intersection area fraction of the grid box by a particular satellite swath be a random variable with mean and variance parameters computed from exact orbit calculations. The derivation procedure is based upon the spectral minimum mean-square error formalism introduced by North and Nakamoto. By using a simple parametric form for the space-time spectral density, simple formulas are derived for a large number of examples, including the combination of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission with an operational syn-synchronous orbiter. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • Journal of Applied Meteorology

author list (cited authors)

  • North, G. R., Shen, S., & Upson, R.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • North, Gerald R||Shen, Samuel SP||Upson, Robert

publication date

  • February 1993