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Monsoons: Wet, Dry, Repeat...

The monsoon is a seasonal rain and wind pattern that occurs over South Asia (among other places). Through NASA satellites and models we can see the monsoon patterns like never before. Monsoon rains provide important reservoirs of water that sustain human activities like agriculture and supports the natural environment through replenishment of aquifers. However, too much rainfall routinely causes disasters in the region, including flooding of the major rivers and landslides in areas of steep topography.

This visualization uses a combination of NASA satellite data and models to show how and why the monsoon develops over this region. In the summer the land gets hotter, heating the atmosphere and pulling in cooler, moisture-laden air from the oceans. This causes pulses in heavy rainfall throughout the region. In the winter the land cools off and winds move towards the warmer ocean and suppressing rainfall on land.

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Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Lead Producer
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Visualizer
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Visualizer
Gail Skofronick Jackson (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
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Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

Data Used:
IMERG 2014-2015
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite 2014-2015
GEMS/Soil Moisture 2014-2015

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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Monsoons
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Surface Water >> Floods
GCMD >> Location >> India
GCMD >> Location >> Asia
SVS >> Atmosphere >> Winds >> Circulation
NASA Science >> Earth
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Landslides

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version