Accession Number : ADA185679

Title :   Interim Review of the Possibilities and Opportunities for the ONR Tropical Cyclone Motion Research Initiative.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Oct 86-Sep 87,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Elsberry, Russell L

PDF Url : ADA185679

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : Expanded opportunities for theoretical studies of tropical cyclone motion are suggested in terms of more representative environmental structures and physical processes. Concurrent experimentation with state-of-the-art numerical models are recommended, especially for environmental conditions related to western North Pacific tropical cyclones. A review of existing observational data sets for testing hypotheses indicated that all satellite derived fields were already being studied. Thus a need exists for additional data sets, perhaps through deployment of recently developed dropwindsondes or of an array of wind profilers and the exploitation of satellite microwave imagers and sounders. Concerns regarding the feasibility of such a field experiment are related to lack of operational reconnaissance, availability of aircraft platforms for deploying the dropwindsondes and the need for international cooperation. The recommended mechanism to facilitate progress would be to establish a center for tropical cyclone motion studies.

Descriptors :   *ATMOSPHERIC MOTION, *TROPICAL CYCLONES, AIRCRAFT, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, AVAILABILITY, COOPERATION, DATA BASES, ENVIRONMENTS, FIELD TESTS, HYPOTHESES, IMAGES, INTERNATIONAL, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, MICROWAVE EQUIPMENT, RECONNAISSANCE, STATE OF THE ART, STRUCTURES, THEORY, SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHY, DROPSONDES, NAVAL RESEARCH

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE