GPM Draft Science Implementation Plan Ground Validation Chapter
The validation of NASA Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) satellite precipitation products is important for their credibility and utility within the larger community. This document defines GPM ground validation scientific objectives and several programmatic components for meeting those objectives. Multi-year, multi-sensor ground-based observation programs in a few locations are proposed to generate local observation products and global error covariance products. Focused measurement programs utilizing aircraft, ships, and ground-based measurements would fill in geographic and scientific gaps not addressed by the multi-year observing programs.