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The Fourth Trmm Latent Heating Workshop

Tao, W., R. Houze, and E. Smith (2007), The Fourth Trmm Latent Heating Workshop, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 1255-1259, doi:10.1175/BAMS-88-8-1255.
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T he global hydrological cycle is central to Earth’s climate system, with rainfall and the physics of precipitation formation acting as the key links in the cycle. Two-thirds of global rainfall occurs in the Tropics with the associated latent heat (LH) release accounting for three-fourths of the total heat energy available to Earth’s atmosphere. In addition, freshwater provided by tropical rainfall and its variability exerts a large impact upon the structure and motion of the upper-ocean layer. The four-dimensional distribution of precipitation in the tropical atmosphere has been observed by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite since its launch in November 1997. TRMM’s passive microwave radiometer [TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI)] and precipitation radar (PR) are the primary instruments providing these data. In the last decade, standard LH products from TRMM measurements have become valuable resources for scientific research and applications. Such products enable new insights on and investigations of the complexities of convective life cycles,

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