Full Name Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar Status Operational
Instrument Agencies JAXA, NICT Maturity Medium Heritage
Instrument Type Cloud profile and rain radars Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Cloud and precipitation radar Sampling Other
Data Access Open Access Data Format HDF-EOS(HDF5)
Measurements and Applications Measures precipitation rate classified by rain and snow, in latitudes up to 65 degrees.
Resolution Summary Range resolution: 125m (NS, MS mode), 250m (HS mode), Horizontal resolution: 5 km at nadir
Swath Summary 245 km (Ku-band), 125 km (Ka band)
Accuracy Summary Rainfall rate 0.2 mm/h
Waveband Summary Microwave: 13.6 GHz (Ku band) and 35.5 GHz (Ka band)
MW (~0.1 cm - ~100 cm)
Ka-Band (26.5 to 40 GHz)
Ku-Band (12.5 to 18 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
Cloud particle properties and profilePrecipitation Profile (liquid or solid)
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation intensity at the surface (liquid or solid)
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Precipitation click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
GPM Core - Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Core spacecraft (2014 - 2026)