Mission Overview

    3-D image of Celia This 3-D image of Celia was created from Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission data on June 20 at 12 a.m. EDT that showed powerful thunderstorms in the southwest quadrant of the storm pushed to heights of almost 9.32 miles shown in red, with moderate to heavy rainfall. Credit: NASA
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    The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment is a NASA Earth science field experiment in 2010 that will be conducted to better understand how tropical storms form and develop into major hurricanes. This campaign will be conducted to capitalize on a number of ground networks, airborne science platforms, and space-based assets. The field campaign will be executed according to a prioritized set of scientific objectives.

    The GRIP deployment is planned for 15 August – 30 September 2010 with bases in Ft. Lauderdale FL, for the DC-8, and at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, CA, for the Global Hawk. This campaign will be conducted to capitalize on a number of ground networks, airborne science platforms (both manned and unmanned), and space-based assets. The field campaign will be executed according to a prioritized set of scientific objectives.

    The spaceborne and airborne observational capabilities of NASA put it in a unique position to assist the hurricane research community in addressing shortcomings in the current state of the science. The relatively recent launch of several new satellites, the prospect of using a high-altitude UAS for hurricane surveillance, and the emergence of new remote sensing technologies offer new research tools that need to be explored and validated. Of great importance are new remote sensing instruments for wind and temperature that can lead to improved characterization of storm structure and environment.

    The GRIP hurricane field campaign and research projects are managed by Ramesh Kakar, Program Manager for the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Project within the Earth Science Division, NASA Headquarters in Washington DC.

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