Journal of Meteorological Research

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 142–159 | Cite as

Climatological characteristics of summer precipitation over East Asia measured by TRMM PR: A review

  • Yunfei Fu
  • Xiao Pan
  • Yuanjian Yang
  • Fengjiao Chen
  • Peng Liu


Precipitation is an important indicator of climate change and a critical process in the hydrological cycle, on both the global and regional scales. Methods of precipitation observation and associated analyses are of strategic importance in global climate change research. As the first space-based radar, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Precipitation Radar (PR) has been in operation for almost 17 years and has acquired a huge amount of cloud and precipitation data that provide a distinctive view to help expose the nature of cloud and precipitation in the tropics and subtropics. In this paper we review recent advances in summer East Asian precipitation climatology studies based on long-term TRMM PR measurements in the following three aspects: (1) the three-dimensional structure of precipitation, (2) the diurnal variation of precipitation, and (3) the recent precipitation trend. Additionally, some important prospects regarding satellite remote sensing of precipitation and its application in the near future are discussed.

Key words

East Asia TRMM PR precipitation structure diurnal variation of precipitation precipitation trend 


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This review is dedicated to commemorating the Chinese climatologist Shaowu Wang, who was one of the committee members for the doctoral dissertation oral defense of the first author on 31 August 1993. The comments from the reviewers and Dr. Xiangdong Zhang are appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yunfei Fu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiao Pan
    • 1
  • Yuanjian Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fengjiao Chen
    • 1
    • 3
  • Peng Liu
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Earth and Space SciencesUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Sciences and Satellite Remote Sensing of Anhui ProvinceAnhui Institute of Meteorological SciencesHefeiChina
  3. 3.Anhui Meteorological Information CentreHefeiChina
  4. 4.Anhui Academy for Environmental Science ResearchHefeiChina

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