Tropical Cyclone Research


Tropical cyclone intensities and paths often are difficult to determine, and can lead to warnings that cover hundreds of miles along our nation's coastline. The Tropical Cyclone Research group at CIMSS develops satellite-derived products that can help meteorologists better understand tropical cyclone characteristics. This improved understanding, in turn, can increase the accuracy of tropical cyclone forecasts, making them more precise and warnings more effective.

SSEC scientists began working on satellite applications to tropical cyclones in the early 1980s. Today, the group continues to develop new methods of analyzing satellite data to improve the analysis and prediction of tropical storms (which include hurricanes). Through their web site, the team also provides satellite imagery and plots of derived data, such as hurricane wind fields, to the public.

Contact information

Chris Velden / Tim Olander / Dave Stettner / Derrick Herndon
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Space Science and Engineering Center
1225 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706
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Principal Investigator

Funding contributors and acknowledgements


July 26, 2007