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SSM/I Derived Monthly Rainfall Indices

| DOI: 10.5065/3RSC-6G18

This historical dataset is recommended for ancillary use only and not as a primary research dataset. It has likely been superseded by a newer, improved dataset.


This Global Precipitation Climate Project (GPCP) dataset contains 89 months of DMSP SSM/I derived monthly rainfall indices on a 5-degree latitude/longitude grid covering the oceans from 50S latitude to 50N. The period covered is July 1987 to December 1994 (December 1987 is missing because the SSM/I was turned off). DMSP F8 SSM/I data were used from July 1987 to December 1991 and DMSP F11 SSM/I data were used from January 1992 to December 1994.

Temporal Range:
1987 to 1997
Precipitation Amount
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Data Types:
Data Contributors:
Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Chang, A. T., L. S. Chiu, and T. T. Wilheit, 1993: Random Errors of Oceanic Monthly Rainfall Derived from SSM/I Using Probability Distribution Functions Mon. Wea. Rev., 121, 2351-2354 (DOI: 10.1175/1520-0493(1993)121<2351:REOOMR>2.0.CO;2).

Wilheit, T. T., A. T. Chang, and L. S. Chiu, 1991: Retrieval of Monthly Rainfall Indices from Microwave Radiometric Measurements Using Probability Distribution Functions J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 8, 118-136 (DOI: 10.1175/1520-0426(1991)008<0118:ROMRIF>2.0.CO;2).

Total Volume:
2.27 MB
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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