Convective Initiation Studies
This work supports the NASA Advanced Satellite Aviation Products initiative to improve aviation safety through the use of satellite-based products. CIMSS researchers and collaborators at the University of Alabama in Huntsville will process several types of satellite information into "Interest Fields" and "Pattern Fields" that can be used to describe convective initiation across large geographical regions.
This research effort incorporates satellite-derived information into systems designed to "nowcast" atmospheric convection and its first-time initiation. Developing improved means of monitoring and characterizing convective clouds to nowcast convection initiation (i.e., forecast thunderstorms as they rapidly develop) is a key goal. Currently, GOES provides study data and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is providing lightning data. Future work will include imagery from the MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Meteosat Second Generation, and eventually the Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer.
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