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Monthly SSM/I 2.5 and 5.0 degree Rain Rate Data from the Polar Satellite Precipitation Data Centre (PSPDC)

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Abstract: [Summary adapted from the Home Page for GSFC/PSPDC]

All SSM/I Rain Rate Data and additional documentation is available at:

The SSM/I monthly Rainfall Indices data set contains gridded oceanic
monthly total rainfall estimates in millimeters. A probability
Distribution Functions (PDF) method (Wilheit et al., 1991) was used to
derived the monthly rain indices. ... View entire text
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Description: Access Monthly 2.5 degree Rain Rate Data and Monthly 5.0 degree Rain Rate Data.

Description: Polar Satellite Precipitation Data Centre (PSPDC)
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 50.0   S: -50.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0
  N: 65.0   S: -65.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Polar Satellite Precipitation Data Center (PSPDC)
Dataset Title: Monthly SSM/I 2.5 and 5.0 degree Rain Rate Data
Dataset Release Place: Greenbelt, MD USA
Data Presentation Form: Image
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1987-07-01
Stop Date: 1996-12-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 5.0 degree
Longitude Resolution: 5.0 degree
Horizontal Resolution Range: 500 km - < 1000 km or approximately 5 degrees - < 10 degrees
Temporal Resolution: 1 month
Temporal Resolution Range: Monthly - < Annual
Ancillary Keywords
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
Polar Satellite Precipitation Data Center, Global Precipitation Climatology Project, George Mason University Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: SSM/I Rain Rate Data

Data Center Personnel
Email: lchiu at
Contact Address:
Building ST-1 Room 211
George Mason University
City: Fairfax 22030-4444
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 22030-4444
Country: USA
Distribution Media: Online Internet (HTTP)
Distribution Format: GIF
Fees: None
Phone: 301-602-3890
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Scott.A.Ritz at
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Diurnal Cycle of Oceanic Precipitation from SSM/I Data "Monthly
Weather Review", Vol. 123, No. 11, Nov. 1995
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Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-02-05