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Storm experts will send tough robots directly into hurricanes
A seafaring drone can sail where people can't: straight into a hurricane. During the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season (it's predicted to be busy), that's exactly what scientists will do: send marine robots into the heart of churning cyclones. The unprecedented mission aims to improve researchers' understanding of how hurricanes rapidly intensify into monstrous storms with destructive winds and deadly flooding. If all goes as planned, the drones will venture through the storm's most violent winds, which circle the eye of a cyclone, called an eyewall.
Saildrone goes chasing hurricanes in the Caribbean
Though some folks chase storms for the thrill, and others out of curiosity, there are also those who pursue severe weather events for scientific purposes. And it's the lattermost pursuit that will see a small fleet of unmanned surface vehicles deliberately head into hurricane territory.
Scientists hope to steer robotic surfboards into hurricanes
For decades, atmospheric scientists have targeted hurricanes by land, sea and air, flying airplanes into their cores to collect measurements from the belly of the beast. Now, a joint venture between Saildrone Inc. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking a new approach: drive winged, robotic surfboards into the path of an approaching storm. Chris Meinig is quoted.
Wait, There’s Noise Pollution at the Bottom of the Ocean?
How do you determine the health of a marine ecosystem that exists nearly 11,000 meters under the sea? Apparently, all you have to do is listen. And listening is exactly what National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer Robert Dziak and a team of researchers did in 2015, when they dropped specialized acoustic equipment into Challenger Deep, an area located in the Pacific Ocean at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
Surprising tsunami triggers may lurk off California’s coast, scientists say
Although California’s most dangerous tsunamis come from thousands of miles away, scientists say they’ve pinpointed a wave trigger that’s much closer to home. Earthquakes along strike-slip faults can cause potentially dangerous waves in certain contexts, a new model shows — and such faults do exist right off parts of the Golden State’s shores. Diego Arcas commented on the publication.