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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 scientists working 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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