A New Observational Strategy for Monitoring the Tropical Cyclone Outflow Layer and its Relationship to Intensity and Structure Change
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA
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The long-term goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the role of the outflow layer in tropical cyclone intensity and structure change though dedicated field program design and execution, improved observation of outflow structure and state of the art instrument development. The outflow layer is hypothesized to play both an active and passive role in tropical cyclone intensification and structural changes, and is investigated extensively using two highly instrumented NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs, co-located observations from NOAA WP-3D, NOAA G-IV and Air Force WC-130J manned aircraft together with microwave, infrared and visible satellite imagers, radiometers and scatterometers from the Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel HS3 field program in the Atlantic during 2012-2014.