Th e International Precipitation Workin g Grou p and Its Role in the Improvemen t of Quantitative Precipitatio n Measurements BY JOE TURK AND PETER BAUER he role of the International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG) is to foster the develop- ment of better quantitative precipitation mea- WHAT : Over 50 participants from 19 countrie s con- surements and improvement of their utilization, with sidered progress and needs in satellite-based a strong focus on the development of international precipitation measurements, including the range partnerships. Rapid development of algorithms and o f algorithms, new derivation techniques, and precipitation products from the ever-expanding validation projects. WHEN : 25-28 Octobe r 2004 meteorological satellite constellation [including WHERE : Monterey, California the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), which deployed the first spaceborne precipitation radar in 1997] provides observational data for diverse applications, including climate, hydrology, and forecasting. To better exploit these data, the Coordi- Climatology Project (GPCP). The objectives of the nation Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) IPWG involve the analysis and intercomparison of in 2001 strongly encouraged the formation of IPWG independent datasets, the establishment of standards with active participation by the World Meteorological for operational analysis procedures, validation, and Organization (WMO) and
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Published: May 19, 2006
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