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Midshipmen's Research Could Improve Hurricane Forecasting

By Warren Duffie Jr., Office of Naval Research 2017-09-08 17:41:15

As Hurricane Irma approaches U.S. shores, researchers sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) are using air-dropped autonomous sensors to compile real-time ocean observations to help forecasters predict the strength of future tropical storms. This marks the first time the sensors – called ALAMO (Air-Launched Autonomous Micro Observer) sensors – are being used in hurricane-prediction research. While standard computerized prediction models rely on atmospheric data like air temperature, humidity, altitude, and wind speed and direction, the ALAMO sensors (sponsored...

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