GPM Level 1C Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) (Version 4)

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Level 1C (L1C) algorithms are a collection of algorithms that produce common calibrated brightness temperature products for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core and Constellation satellites.

This document describes the GPM Level 1C algorithms. It consists of physical and mathematical bases for orbitization, satellite intercalibration, and quality control, as well as the software architecture and implementation for the Level 1C algorithms.

The Level 1C algorithms transform equivalent Level 1B radiance data into Level 1C products. The input source data are geolocated and radiometric calibrated antenna temperature (Ta) or brightness temperature (Tb). The output Level 1C products are common intercalibrated brightness temperature (Tc) products using the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) as the reference standard.

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