How is GPM data used in real-world applications?
Humans are directly impacted by changes in precipitation on a range of scales. An increase in rainfall can cause flooding or landslides that affect individual homes, cities, or even entire countries. Drought conditions can impact a region’s susceptibility to wildfire or diminish crop yields for local farmers—both of which can have cascading effects on the local to global economy. Accurate estimates of rain and snow from GPM can be used to help improve our understanding of growing seasons or help indicate where international aid agencies should deliver resources, and improve disease forecasting, among others. GPM datasets are used by end users from universities, government agencies, national and international non-profit organizations, and private companies for a range of diverse applications across societal benefit areas including numerical weather prediction and energy.
GPM has six main applications areas to help support policy- and decision-making:
- Water Resources, Agricultural Forecasting and Food Security
- Ecological Management
- Development and Public Health
- Disasters and Risk Management
- Energy Infrastructure and Management
- Weather, Climate, and Land Surface Modeling