Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology: Impact Study of Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System Observations for Hurricane Forecasting, Final Report [open pdf - 6MB]
"The primary scientific goal of the Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) Project is to determine the potential utility of observations from high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) such as the Global Hawk (GH) aircraft to improve forecasts of high-impact weather events or mitigate potential degradation of forecasts in the event of a future gap in satellite coverage. Hurricanes and tropical cyclones are among the most potentially destructive high-impact weather events and pose a major forecasting challenge to NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]. Major winter storms over the Pacific Ocean, including atmospheric river events, which make landfall and bring strong winds and extreme precipitation to the West Coast and Alaska are also important to forecast accurately because of their societal impact in those parts of the country. In response, the SHOUT project has supported field campaigns with the GH aircraft and dedicated data impact studies exploring the potential to improve the forecasting of both tropical cyclones and landfalling Pacific storms."
NOAA Technical Memorandum OAR UAS-002
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