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CYGNSS featured in Reuters article on hurricane intensity forecasting

Posted: July 16, 2018

CYGNSS featured in Reuters article on hurricane intensity forecasting Image: NASA

Professor Chris Ruf and the CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System) are featured in a new Reuters article about predicting hurricane storm intensity in order to better plan for emergency response measures and evacuations. 

The CLaSP-led CYGNSS mission is a constellation of eight microsatellites that use Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to obtain estimates of surface winds near the core of hurricanes, and will allow NASA scientists and hurricane forecasters to provide improved advanced warning of hurricane intensification, movement and storm surge location and magnitude. 

From the article: 

 'One project to obtain more data to predict intensity is the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System or CYGNSS for short, a constellation of eight low-orbit satellites launched by NASA in 2016.

'Previous satellites, which flew over relatively infrequently, had trouble measuring ocean surface winds at the center of storms, with their signals often being degraded by heavy rain at the core, NASA said.

'“For storms that are changing really quickly, you could miss something like rapid intensification,” said Christopher Ruf, principal investigator for CYGNSS and a climate science professor at the University of Michigan.'


Read the full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-hurricanes-forecasting/scientists-peer-into-heart-of-hurricanes-to-improve-intensity-forecast-idUSKBN1K50D7