NOAA Researchers will use 2015 Season to Improve Hurricane Track and Intensity Forecasts
May 29, 2015
This hurricane season, NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research will work with
NOAA's National Weather Service to upgrade weather forecast models and conduct research
with unmanned air and water craft to improve forecasts of hurricane track and intensity.
Northern Gulf Institute
with NOAA's National Weather Service Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center will fly a small
unmanned aircraft to study the Pearl River, looking at water levels, vegetation and impacts
from storms. The research by the NOAA cooperative institute at Mississippi State University
will be used to improve flooding forecasts and damage assessments after flooding in areas that
are difficult to reach by manned aircraft, but often severely affected by hurricanes.
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