The Tropical Rainforest Measurement Mission, or TRMM, is a research satellite designed to help our understanding of the water cycle in the current climate system. By covering the tropical and semi-tropical regions of the Earth, TRMM provides much needed data on rainfall and the heat release associated with rainfall.
TRMM will not single-handedly provide the solution to the climate change debate - it will, however, contribute to our understanding of how clouds affect climate and how much energy is transported in the global water cycle. In coordination with other satellites in NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, TRMM will begin the process of understanding the interactions between water vapor, clouds and precipitation that is central to regulating the climate system.
SOI students are currently responsible for the Tropical Rainforest Measurement Mission, a satellite that is operated from the Goddard Space Flight Center. SOI is also responsible for redesigning the TRMM ground control system. SOI management is continually searching for new opportunities with NASA and private industry to expand training and learning opportunities for students, including research and development projects, ground system design, build and test, systems security and security management.