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Ruth Marlaire
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-4709/9000

July 25, 2006
NASA Announces Media Update on Africa Hurricane Mission
NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT Wednesday, July 26, to discuss a hurricane research field mission in Africa.

Several researchers at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., including Michael Craig, director of the NASA Ames Earth Science Project Office and Stephen Hipskind, chief of the Earth Science Division at NASA Ames, will be available for telephone interviews following the briefing. To arrange an interview with the NASA Ames researchers, please contact Ruth Marlaire at 650-604-4709 or by e-mail at

The NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Activities 2006 will run from August through September. Participants will include NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, various research institutions and universities.

Researchers will investigate tropical storms and hurricanes in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and West Africa, including Senegal and the Cape Verde Islands. They will use airborne sensors, numerical models and satellite data.

Teleconference participants include:
- Ramesh Kakar, weather focus area leader, NASA headquarters, Washington
- Jeff Halverson, hurricane scientist, Halverson Scientific Consulting, Olney, Md.
- Gregory Jenkins, associate professor and graduate director, Howard University, Washington
- Jason Dunion, director, NOAA Hurricane Research Division 2006 Hurricane Field Program, Miami

To participate, reporters may dial into the teleconference at: 877-915-2768 or 210-234-0009; passcode "Hurricane." Audio of the event will be streamed live at:

For information about NASA hurricane research and missions, visit:


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