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Meet Jason Dunion: Meteorologist Specializing in Satellite Remote Sensing of Hurricanes
Image of Jason DunionJason Dunion is a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Hurricane Research Division in Miami, Fla. In 2006, he'll bring his expertise to the NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Activities (NAMMA) field campaign, which will study tropical cyclones.

He specializes in satellite remote sensing of hurricanes and has led the development of several new satellite products for monitoring tropical cyclones and Saharan dust storms. He has acted as chief scientist on several Hurricane Hunter research missions using NOAA’s high altitude and has flown on over 25 hurricane hunter flights during his six years working with the NOAA Hurricane Research Division. During the 2006 hurricane season he will be the Director of the Hurricane Research Division’s Field Program and will be responsible for coordinating their aircraft research activities.

Jason Dunion earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in geography and geology in 1992. For the next 4 years, he worked as a supported living coordinator in both Connecticut and Miami, Fla. while also completing his graduate school pre-requisite courses. His supporting living work involved helping people with developmental disabilities to transition out of facilities and group homes and live independently in the community. After finishing his graduate school pre-requisite courses, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his Masters degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 1999. Mr. Dunion now lives in Miami with his wife, Paige and their 2-year old daughter, Erika.

Related Web sites: + NAMMA Mission
+ NOAA's Hurricane Hunter Aircraft
+ NOAA's Hurricane Research Division