From a distance, up beyond the destruction, hurricanes are wondrous acts of nature. They form as a way for very warm ocean waters to discharge heat quickly. They’re these efficient and complex areas where the ocean and atmosphere trade energy; Earth’s way of rapidly transporting accumulated heat energy from the tropical regions to the extra-tropics when the regular oceanic or atmospheric circulation mechanisms are too slow to sufficiently export the extra heat.
Dr. Svetla Hristova-Veleva, a scientist in JPL’s Radar Science and Engineering section, has been monitoring hurricanes trying to understand the implications of air-sea interaction on the rapid intensification of hurricanes. She has also been collaborating with JPL scientists and engineers to develop ideas for new missions and in the processes of designing new instruments, including the next generation dual frequency scatterometer, an instrument which measures wind speed and direction at the ocean surface.
About 10 years ago, Dr. Hristova-Veleva, along with her team at JPL and the Hurricane Science Research Program at NASA HQ, lead by Dr. Ramesh Kakar, created the....
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