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GPM Mentorship 2022

Precipitation Science and Applications

This was a highly successful pilot project designed to support new users from established and underrepresented communities and provide a tailored hands-on learning experience. It provided participants with an overview of state-of-the-art Precipitation Estimates and the first take on GPM applications to support real-world problems. 

Program leads: Vasco Mantas (University of Coimbra) & Andrea Portier (NASA/SSAI).

Program summary

Participants were exposed to state-of-the-art topics on precipitation measurement missions, technologies, and applications during 4 theoretical sessions (April 6, 13, 20, 27 2022). The sessions were followed by the development of a capstone project, supervised by a Subject Matter Expert (SME). The project had a duration of 2 months and focused on topics suggested by the mentors and adjusted to the skills and interests of the students.

The outcome of the projects were presented during a final session, which will take place on June 22.

Key facts

Number of participants: 53

Number of countries represented: 25

Number of mentors: 13

Number of capstone projects: 18 in 9 thematic areas


Update: Recordings and other resources will be made available soon.

Visit NASA's page on the GPM Mentorship Program 2022 for more information and resources. 

Agenda and list of speakers (archived)

  1. April 6, 2022 (09.00 am – 11.00 am EST): Speakers: Dr. Jackson Tan (GPM fundamentals and the IMERG product), Andrea Portier (GPM applications), Vasco Mantas (IMERG data access)

  2. April 13, 2022 (09.00 am – 11.00 am EST): DPR, Speakers: Courtney Schumacher, Mircea Grecu, Aaron Funk

  3. April 20, 2022 (10.00 am – 12.00 pm EST): Speakers: Chuntao Liu (Introduction to precipitation feature database from the GPM core and constellation satellite) and Pierre Kirstetter (Calibration/Validation of precipitation estimates)

  4. April 27, 2022 (09.00 am – 11.00 am EST): Mircea Grecu (Precipitation extremes II), Zhong Liu (NASA precipitation products and services), Dorian Janney (Communicating and educating with IMERG)

Speakers and mentors (in alphabetic order):

  • Dr. Aaron Funk (Texas A&M University)

  • Andrea Portier (NASA/SSAI)

  • Dr. Chuntao Liu (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)

  • Dr. Courtney Schumacher (Texas A&M University)

  • Dorian Janney (NASA)

  • Dr. Jackson Tan (NASA)

  • Dr. Joe Turk (NASA)

  • Dr. Mircea Grecu (NASA)

  • Dr. Pierre Kistetter (University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology / NOAA)

  • Dr. Vasco Mantas (University of Coimbra)

  • Dr. Yagmur Derin (University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology)

  • Dr. Zhong Liu (George Mason University and NASA)


Points of contact for this event:

vasco.mantas /at/ or andrea.m.portier /at /

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