Hurricane Research Division
|4. Improve the understanding of and ability to predict tropical cyclone frequency and intensity on intraseasonal, interannual, decadal and longer time scales.|
These goals are accomplished by :
- Designing and conducting research experiments in the hurricane to collect and provide data for research and applications;
- Analyzing these data sets and publishing the research in the refereed literature;
- Developing new technology and applications based on this research to improve NOAA's products; and
- Providing outreach to the public (including the Hispanic community) through the World Wide Web (WWW), conferences, presentations, and other means.
Much of HRD's research is based on the in situ and remotely-sensed observations in the inner core of tropical cyclones and their surrounding environment collected in our annual field program using the two NOAA turboprop aircraft and jet operated by NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center (AOC). The field program is used to carry out scientific experiments designed to address the goals stated above. Data sets gathered by these experiments, combined with dynamical and statistical models and theoretical development, span the spectrum of spatial and temporal scales, from global to microscale, from seconds to centuries, forming the cornerstone of research at HRD. Because of this extensive field experience HRD scientists are recognized internationally for their knowledge about tropical cyclones, and also for their expertise in technological areas such as airborne Doppler radar, dropsondes, cloud microphysics, and air-sea interaction, to name a few. These assets make HRD unique worldwide, and provide NOAA a unique capability.
Coordination and Projects
HRD coordinates parts of its programs with other NOAA organizations, e.g. AOC, National Enviromental Satelltie, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), in particular the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) and the National Hurricane Center. It maintains active research programs with, and receives funding from other governmental agencies, in particular, the Department of the Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In program areas where its is beneficial to NOAA, HRD arranges cooperative programs with scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and at a number of universities.
Our highest priority is the NOAA Intensity Forecast Experiment (IFEX), developed through a partnership of HRD, EMC, NCEP, and NESDIS. The goals of IFEX are the collection of data to directly aid the development and evaluation of the next generation operational tropical cyclone forecasting model system, the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast model system (HWRF).
Our current research staff consists of full-time employees, student interns, and contract employees (some working under a cooperative joint agreement with the University of Miami's CIMAS.