The annual meeting, held online this year, brings together developers and users of the Airborne Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System, the basis of the dropwindsondes released in and around tropical cyclones each summer since 1997. The AVAPS dropsondes are released from NOAA and Air Force aircraft to measure high-resolution profiles of temperature, pressure, humidity, and wind velocity. The data are collected by the dropsonde and transmitted back to the aircraft data system via a radio link. The data are then quality controlled and transmitted to the NOAA National Hurricane Center specialists to analyze intensity, and to the Environmental Modeling Center for assimilation into forecast models. These agencies also use the system in other programs, like winter storms, and other nations also use the AVAPS system in their data collection and research.
Five HRD scientists presented work at the meeting. You can access the presentations by clicking on the names below.
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