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Improving hurricane forecasts means testing historical storms with today's sophisticated models and supercomputers. NASA and NOAA work together in gathering ground and satellite observations, as well as experimenting with research forecast models. As a result of this collaboration, model resolution has increased, and scientists are discovering more about the processes that occur within these powerful storms. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission is a joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission that measures all forms of precipitation around the globe. GPMs Microwave Imager, or GMI, has proven useful in seeing beneath the swirling clouds and into the structure of tropical cyclones. The information gathered by GPM and other missions will be used to improve forecast models.
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This Asia Pacific-themed GeoSpatial Stream broadcast covers the recent launch of DIWATA-1, The Philippines' first microsatellite; Australia's move toward more-accurate GNSS navigation at its airports; Apple opening a technical and support center in Hyderabad, India, for its Maps and navigation services; industry news from NTT Data, LizardTech, BJ Open Tide BoGan, Ozius Spatial and U-blox; a video clip from JAXA (in Japanese) about weather monitoring; and more.
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Matt Ball spoke with Eric Webster, VP and Director, Environmental Intelligence, Geospatial Systems, Exelis, at the recent International Space Symposium. The conversation covered some recent sensor contract wins with NASA and JAXA as well as discussion about the evolution of sensors from hardware- to software-based, affording much greater on-orbit flexibility.
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On March 10, the Core Observatory passed over an extra-tropical cyclone On March 10, the Core Observatory passed over an extra-tropical cyclone about 1055 miles (1700 kilometers) due east of Japan's Honshu Island. Satellite data shows the full range of precipitation in the storm.