CoSMIR Performance During the GPM OLYMPEX Campaign

Kroodsma, R., M. A. Fritts, J. F. Lucey, M. R. Schwaller, T. J. Ames, C. M. Cooke, and L. Hilliard (2019), CoSMIR Performance During the GPM OLYMPEX Campaign, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 57, 6397-6407, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2019.2906039.

The airborne Conical Scanning Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer (CoSMIR) has participated in the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Olympic Mountains Experiment (OLYMPEX) from November to December, 2015, with great success. With similar channels as that of the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) at 89–183 GHz, CoSMIR served as a proxy for GMI by flying onboard the DC-8 Aircraft for a total of 17 science flights, collecting over 72 h of observations. The highquality, calibrated brightness temperature data set is the result of several improvements made to CoSMIR prior to OLYMPEX to make the instrument more reliable. This paper describes these improvements and gives a detailed summary of the CoSMIR measurements obtained from OLYMPEX. CoSMIR experienced minor performance issues during the campaign, most of them were not excessive and only resulted in a loss of approximately 4 h of data for the entire campaign. Performance issues are discussed and shown how they were mitigated to achieve a quality data set. Comparisons of CoSMIR and GMI observations are presented to show that the CoSMIR measurements agree well with GMI. The CoSMIR data set is publicly available as a part of the OLYMPEX data suite and can reliably be used in the GPM algorithm development and related studies.

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