Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


CYGNSS mission featured in Al Jazeera America

Posted: August 19, 2015

CYGNSS mission featured in Al Jazeera America Dr. Ruf sitting for his interview with Al Jazeera.

To learn about hurricane technologies that have developed in the ten years since Hurricane Katrina, Al Jazeera America spoke with Professor Chris Ruf, the principal investigator on NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission.

Ruf’s interview is set to premiere on Al Jazeera’s TechKnow show on Monday, August 24. Ruf discusses why Hurricane Katrina caused so much damage and how CYGNSS will help prevent future hurricanes from causing such devastation.

The following is an adapted clip from an interview with TechKnow:

TK: Do you believe CYGNSS will make a tremendous impact on what we know about hurricanes?

CR: I think so. You can see it by comparing some of the past experience of forecasting using these airplanes, the Hurricane Hunter airplanes, which make measurements very similar to what we’ll be making. A good example is Hurricane Sandy…as it was moving up the east coast, there were many airplane flights over it. And in large part because of that our ability to forecast the strength of the hurricane, the extent, the storm surge, where it made landfall, what the height of the water would be when it made landfall, all of those things were very accurately forecast. And that quality of forecast I think is indicative of what we’ll be able to do routinely with CYGNSS because it will be making measurements roughly similar in quality and quantity to what was done with Sandy.

To read more, please visit and tune in on August 24 at 6:30 PM EST.

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