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GPM Mentorship 2023

Precipitation Science and Applications

The second edition of the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) Mentorship program connected 126 participants with subject matter experts from key organizations. Lectures and capstone projects covered a wide array of precipitation-related topics. IMERG, DPR, ground validation, data discovery, and processing were some of the many topics discussed in the program. 

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

Program summary

The second edition of the GPM Mentorship was designed to support new users from established and underrepresented user 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 Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) applications to solve scientific and societal challenges

Unlike training programs centered around content consumption (e.g., video webinars and tutorials), the program provided both theoretical (lecture series) and practical (capstone project) training, supported by subject matter experts. The capstone project will contribute to consolidating learned skills and promote close interaction with top scientists in the GPM community.

Participants are expected to become local pivots for the dissemination of GPM products and best practices, laying the foundations of local GPM hubs.

Key facts

Number of participants: 126

Number of countries represented: 42

Number of mentors: 26

Number of capstone projects: 37


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

Visit NASA's page on the GPM Mentorship Program 2023 for more information and resources. 

Coming soon...

Agenda and list of speakers (archived)

Session 1, March 1, 2023 (09.00 am – 11.00 am EST): GPM Fundamentals and IMERG data discovery/access

Dr. Vasco Mantas/ Andrea Portier (Opening of the program)
Dr. Jackson Tan (GPM and IMERG V7)
Andrea Portier (GPM applications)
Dr. Andrey Savtchenko (Data discovery and access)
Dr. Chuntao Liu (Precipitation features database)

Session 2, March 8, 2023 (09.00 am – 11.00 am EST): Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR)

Dr. Vasco Mantas/ Andrea Portier (Opening of the lecture)
Dr. Courtney Schumacher
Dr. Aaron Funk
Dr. Mircea Grecu

Session 3, March 15, 2023 (09.00 am – 11.00 am EST): Precipitation classification and extreme events

Dr. Vasco Mantas/ Andrea Portier (Opening of the lecture)
Dr. Lisa Milani (Snow)
Dr. Becky Adams-Selin (Hail)
Dr. Mircea Grecu (Precipitation classification and extremes)
Dr. Andrey Savtchenko (extremes with IMERG)

Session 4, March 22, 2023 (09.30 am – 11.30 am EST): Bias corrections and uncertainty

Due to scheduling conflicts, this session starts and ends at a different time.

Dr. Vasco Mantas / Andrea Portier (Opening of the lecture)
Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed (NASAaccess Tool)
Dr. Vasco Mantas (use case)
Dr. Pierre Kirstetter / Dr. Yagmur Derin (ground validation and uncertainties)

Session 5, March 29, 2023 (09.00 am – 11.00 am EST): Part I: Precipitation retrievals using AI / Part II: Surface Modeling

Dr. Vasco Mantas / Andrea Portier (Opening of the lecture)
Dr. Ardeshir Ebtehaj (AI for precipitation retrievals)
Dr. Joe Turk, Dr. Sarah Ringerud and Dr. Yalei You (Precipitation and Soil Moisture)

Speakers and mentors (in alphabetic order):

  • List will be updated soon


Points of contact for this event:

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

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