The ground-truth problem for satellite estimates of rain rate Academic Article uri icon


  • A scheme is proposed to use a point raingage to compare contemporaneous measurements of rain rate from a single-field-of-view estimate based on a satellite remote sensor such as a microwave radiometer. A space-time spectral formalism is combined with a simple stochastic rain field to find the mean-square deviations between the two systems. It is found that by combining about 60 visits of the satellite to the ground-truth site, the expected error can be reduced to about 10% of the standard deviation of the fluctuations of the systems alone. This seems to be a useful level of tolerance in terms of isolating and evaluating typical biases that might be contaminating retrieval algorithms. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • Journal of Atmospheric & Oceanic Technology

author list (cited authors)

  • North, G. R., Valdes, J. B., Eunho Ha, .., & Shen, S.

complete list of authors

  • North, GR||Valdes, JB||Shen, SSP

publication date

  • January 1994