This ATBD describes the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) passive microwave rainfall algorithm, which is a parametric algorithm used to serve all GPM constellation radiometers. The output parameters of the algorithm are enumerated in Table 1. It is based upon the concept that the GPM core satellite, with its Dual Frequency Radar (DPR) and GPM Microwave Imager (GMI), will be used to build a consistent a-priori database of cloud and precipitation profiles to help constrain possible solutions from the constellation radiometers.
In particular, this document identifies sources of input data and output from the retrieval algorithm and describes the physical theory upon which the algorithm is based. The document includes implementation details, as well as the assumptions and limitations of the adopted approach. Because the algorithm is being developed by a broad team of scientists, this document additionally serves to keep each developer abreast of all the algorithm details and formats needed to interact with the code. The version number and date of the ATBD will therefore always correspond to the version number and date of the algorithm – even if changes are trivial.