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NASA Media Event Highlights Rainfall Satellite's Decade of Success

Press Release From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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NASA Media Event Highlights Ranfall SaGREENBELT, MD. - In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the first scientific results from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, media are invited to a media roundtable on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. EST (10 a.m. CST). Scientists from NASA and other institutions will discuss how they have used the satellite's data as an essential tool in key recent research, and the contribution TRMM data have made to their work in the last decade. The roundtable will take place during the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 202, in New Orleans.

The TRMM satellite, developed jointly by NASA and the Japanese Space Agency, began providing daily rainfall data 10 years ago. The satellite has produced unprecedented research and near-real-time information on precipitation that has advanced climate, weather and applied research. TRMM carries the first combination of both passive and active microwave sensors to measure rainfall from space, which has made it an historic mission.

Panelists:

- Christa Peters-Lidard, branch head, Hydrological Sciences, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

- Marshall Shepherd, associate professor, Atmospheric Sciences Program, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens

- Bob Adler, senior research scientist, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center,

- University of Maryland-College Park, and former TRMM project scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

- Ed Zipser, professor, Department of Meteorology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Remote media may call toll-free 877-358-8255 and use passcode 1112855 to participate.

Images and supporting data will be available at the time of the event at:

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/trmm_tenyears.html

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