NOAA invests nearly $1 million with university partners for hurricane advances

October 27, 2011

NOAA’s Office of Weather and Air Quality has funded 12 multi-year proposals totaling $942,235 this year from university partners along with federal scientist collaborators to more rapidly and smoothly transfer new technology, research results, and observational advances through NOAA’s Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT).

These projects further NOAA’s commitment to create a Weather-Ready Nation, in which the country is able to prepare for and respond to environmental events that affect safety, health, the environment, economy, and homeland security.

This year’s projects range from $35,000 to the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere in Colorado to develop a real-time surface wind analysis to $135,000 the University of Rhode Island to improve tropical cyclone operational models.

“This is research-to-operations in action for hurricanes,” said John Cortinas, director of NOAA’s Office of Weather and Air Quality, the office that manages the U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP), of which JHT is a part. “For example, during Hurricane Irene, researchers tested new instruments and collected data that will help forecasters understand the state of the ocean under a hurricane and used satellite information to determine the current intensity of the hurricane.”

The JHT was formed by the USWRP to advance the transfer of new research and technology to improve the analysis and prediction hurricanes at forecast centers. The JHT provides a framework for NOAA, university, and industry researchers to work on specific topics related the hurricanes, such as improvements to computer models, wind measurements, and satellite observations.

Projects funded in 2011 are:

Started in 2001, the JHT is supported in part by the NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality through the U.S. Weather Research Program and is jointly managed by NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Weather Service. More information is available online.

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