Scientists enlist Robot Aircraft for Data Gathering Missions too dangerous or dirty for humans: Hurricanes, Wildfires, Climate Change, Pollution

Scientists enlist Robot Aircraft for Data Gathering Missions too dangerous or dirty for humans: Hurricanes, Wildfires, Climate Change, Pollution

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22 January 2008
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News from NOAA 22 January 2008

Robotic aircraft bearing automated sensors will soon help NOAA scientists better predict when and where intense hurricanes will hit land, when Arctic summer ice will vanish, and whether soggy Pacific storms will flood West Coast cities. Hear how these vehicles will gather previously unattainable data to improve hurricane forecasts, track climate change, assist wildland firefighters, and study volcanic soot and urban pollution, among many others. Marty Ralph and Sandy MacDonald of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder will announce multimillion funding just awarded to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program. >> More

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