UCAR Staff Notes masthead
Home Our Organization Research News Center Education Community Tools Libraries
About Staff Notes
Past Issues
Favorite Photos
How to Subscribe


staff notes header

December 2006 - January 2007

COSMIC update: Scientists enthusiastic about preliminary results

Since the successful launch of COSMIC last April, initial results show that the set of six satellites is probing the atmosphere in ways that were impossible with previous observing systems. COSMIC’s global coverage is providing new information on the atmosphere’s temperature and water vapor structure and allowing researchers to collect measurements above some of the more inaccessible parts of the globe, such as Antarctica and the remote Pacific Ocean. Scientists expect the data to boost the accuracy of hurricane forecasts, improve long-range weather forecasts, and help them monitor climate change with greater accuracy.

with cosmic without cosmic

These images show how COSMIC data helped a computer model simulate the early development of Hurricane Ernesto in the eastern Caribbean. Each image shows a 66-hour forecast of cloud-water concentration that resembles a satellite photo. The forecasts are valid for 8:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time on August 25, 2006. For the image on the left, the model’s starting-point conditions included 15 profiles from COSMIC of atmospheric conditions in and near the Caribbean. When the COSMIC profiles were not included (image at right), the model was unable to show Ernesto’s formation. (Images courtesy Yongsheng Chen, ESSL/MMM.)

On the Web

Innovative Satellite System Proves its Worth with Better Weather Forecasts, Climate Data

COSMIC Home Page

In this issue...

2006 Outstanding Accomplishment Awards

Cosmic update: Scientists enthusiastic about preliminary results

Short Takes

Let it snow, let it snow....

New book explores how to communicate climate change

Delphi Question: Massage therapy, energy consumption, FL1 lawn

Just One Look


Staff Notes home page | News Center