NOAA GOES-R Series Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Level 2 Rainfall Rate Quantitative Precipitation Estimation (QPE)

ABI-L2-QPE

browse graphicExample of the Rainfall Rate product as generated by the GOES-R Rainfall Rate algorithm.
The Rainfall Rate Quantitative Precipitation Estimate (QPE) product contains an image with pixel values identifying the rainfall rate. The product includes data quality information that provides an assessment of the rainfall rate data values for on-earth pixels. The units of measure for the rainfall rate value is millimeters per hour. The Rainfall Rate (QPE) product image is produced on the ABI fixed grid at 2 km resolution for the Full Disk coverage region. Product data is produced for geolocated source data to local zenith angles of 90 degrees for both daytime and nighttime conditions.
  • Cite as: GOES-R Algorithm Working Group and GOES-R Program Office, (2018): NOAA GOES-R Series Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Level 2 Rainfall Rate / QPE. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5W66J21. [access date].
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Distribution Formats
  • NetCDF (Version: 4)
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Time Period 2017-09-13 to Present (time interval: 15-minute)
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 81.3282
S: -81.3282
E: 6.2995
W: -156.2995
N: 81.3282
S: -81.3282
E: -55.7005
W: 141.7005
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Processing Documents
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2018-03-16
Edition Provisional
Data Presentation Form Digital image
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Continual
Purpose The ABI Rainfall Rate algorithm generates the baseline Rainfall Rate product from ABI IR brightness temperatures and is calibrated in real time against microwave-derived rain rates to enhance accuracy. The algorithm generates estimates of the instantaneous rainfall rate at each ABI IR pixel. The information provided by the QPE will be used by forecasters and hydrologists in flood forecasting. Much of the flooding that occurs is related to some form of convective weather. The higher spatial and temporal resolution available on the GOES-R ABI will be able to automatically resolve rainfall rates on a much finer scale, enabling weather forecasters to produce more timely and accurate flood advisories and warnings.
Use Limitations
  • For a complete list of limitations of this dataset, see the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD).
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: GOES-R Algorithm Working Group and GOES-R Program Office, (2018): NOAA GOES-R Series Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Level 2 Rainfall Rate / QPE. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5W66J21. [access date].
Cited Authors
  • GOES-R Algorithm Working Group
  • GOES-R Series Program
Principal Investigators
  • GOES-R Algorithm Working Group
Resource Providers
  • GOES-R Series Program
Publishers
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Rate
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Precipitation
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO >Office of Satellite and Product Operations, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • GOES-16 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 16
  • GOES-17 > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 17
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • ABI > Advanced Baseline Imager
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Equatorial
  • Geographic Region > Mid-Latitude
  • Geographic Region > Northern Hemisphere
  • Geographic Region > Southern Hemisphere
  • Geographic Region > Western Hemisphere
  • Geographic Region > Tropics
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America
  • Continent > North America > Central America
  • Continent > South America
  • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • GOES > Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites
  • gov.noaa.class:GRABIPRD
Data Resolution keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Horizontal Data Resolution Keywords
  • 1 km - < 10 km or approximately .01 degree - < .09 degree
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Temporal Data Resolution Keywords
  • 1 minute - < 1 hour
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: GOES-R Algorithm Working Group and GOES-R Program Office, (2018): NOAA GOES-R Series Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Level 2 Rainfall Rate / QPE. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5W66J21. [access date].
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Fees
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement The data were produced by the NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) and are archived at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • The Rainfall Rate (QPE) product is generated by the GOES-R ABI Rainfall Rate (QPE) ground processing algorithm. Rainfall rate is obtained using a two-step process that involves the detection of pixels where rain is occurring and the retrieval of rainfall rate for those pixels. The algorithm includes eight linear and eight non-linear predictors based on brightness temperatures measured in five emissive ABI bands 8, 10, 11, 14, and 15 with central wavelengths of 6.185, 7.34. 8.5, 11.2, and 12.3 um, respectively. As a result of the spectral range of the ABI instrument not being capable of penetrating optically thick clouds where precipitation is occurring, the algorithm uses retrieval coefficients that are established based on a statistical correlation of the observed cloud top brightness temperatures with rainfall occurrence and rate as detected by sources capable of penetrating optically thick clouds, such as microwave observations. The retrieval coefficients used by the algorithm are managed as Level 2+ processing parameters (i.e. semi-static data) in the ground system.
  • 2017-09-13T00:00:00 - The GOES-16 ABI Rainfall Rate algorithm reached beta maturity.
  • 2018-03-16T00:00:00 - The GOES-16 ABI Rainfall Rate algorithm reached provisional maturity.
  • The GOES-16 ABI Rainfall Rate algorithm reached full validation maturity.
  • 2018-08-27T00:00:00 - The GOES-17 ABI Rainfall Rate algorithm reached beta maturity.
  • The GOES-17 ABI Rainfall Rate algorithm reached provisional maturity.
  • The GOES-17 ABI Rainfall Rate algorithm reached full validation maturity.
Processing Documents
Source Datasets
  • NOAA GOES-R Series Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Level 1b Radiances
    • NCEI landing page for ABI-L1B-RAD
      Source dataset landing page with general information and access links for the dataset.
    • Description of Source: Level 1b radiances
    • Temporal extent used: 2017-02-28 to Present
    • Spatial extent used: N:81.3282 S:-81.3282 E:6.2995 W:-156.2995
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2019-06-24
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