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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Imaging Helps Hurricane Endeavors

Hurricane Katrina
NOAA Water Vapor Satellite Image
Scientists from the RAINEX project flew into the edge of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 27-28 to study its rainbands and the formation of its eyewall, taking simultaneous measurements from two aircraft as Katrina grew into Category 5 and bore down on the Gulf Coast.
Broken Levees
ORBIMAGE Inc.
The Orbview-3 satellite captured this image of the levees in the Gulf Coast giving way to the floods as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
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By Advanced Imaging Editorial Staff

As the hurricane gathered intensity over the water, satellites, dropsondes and other imaging devices were there to record the data in an effort to learn more about hurricanes, how they act and how they can better be predicted. On the ground, imaging techniques may help to identify the victims of this disaster.

Advanced Imaging’s editorial staff compiled a few stories of how imaging technology is being used.

Radar Data Used in Research of Katrina

Real-time radar data and high-tech communications were used as the Rainband and Intensity Change Experiment (RAINEX) project began its research with Hurricane Katrina.

RAINEX became the first hurricane research project to fly planes inside and outside a hurricane’s principal rainband, gathering information that will help scientists to better understand changes in a hurricane’s intensity.

RAINEX, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF, Arlington, VA), is studying the interaction between hurricane winds and rain, using data recorded from hurricane research flights, according to Steve Nelson, program director in NSF’s atmospheric sciences division, which funded RAINEX.

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