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5 November 2003 Impact of Quikscat data on numerical weather prediction
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The SeaWinds scatterometer (like NSCAT and ERS) is able to detect unequivocal signatures of meteorological features including cyclones, fronts, anticyclones, easterly waves and other precursors of hurricanes and typhoons. Through collaborative efforts between NASA and NOAA, National Weather Service marine forecasters are using SeaWinds data to improve analyses, forecasts and significant weather warnings for maritime interests. This results in substantial economic savings as well as the reduction of weather related loss of life at sea. The impact of SeaWinds on Numerical Weather Prediction models is on average modest but occasionally results in significant forecast improvements.
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Robert M. Atlas, Stephen C. Bloom, Joseph Ardizzone, Eugenia Brin, Joseph Terry, and Tsann-Wang Yu "Impact of Quikscat data on numerical weather prediction", Proc. SPIE 5155, Ocean Remote Sensing and Imaging II, (5 November 2003);

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