• Agency : Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science – University of Miami
  • Place : Florida, USA
Advertiser :
  • The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is an academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions.
Objective / insight
  • It is still very difficult today for meteorologists to predict the intensity of a hurricane or tropical storm.
  • SUSTAIN (Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction facility) includes a unique capability to generate directional waves combined with direct wind forcing. The lab can concoct hurricanes on command.
  • The new simulator should allow us to unlock the many mysteries that still surround hurricanes and help us better prepare to face them.
Implemented strategy
  • Obtaining more accurate, updated information on hurricanes is a matter of safety and preparedness for coastal communities.
  • « SUSTAIN » should allow meteorologists to refine their prediction models, to better calculate the intensity of cyclones and tropical storms.
  • The researchers hope to understand how storms damage homes and buildings hit by a hurricane.
Technology implemented
  • Researchers can study the complex interactions between the air and the surface of the sea under extreme conditions.
  • There are various uses for specialized equipment in the SUSTAIN laboratory:
    • testing the resilience of model homes and buildings
    • studying how sea spraying affects the increasing intensity of a storm (due to heat transfer from the water to the atmosphere as the spray is generated)
    • And monitoring how carbon dioxide moves from the ocean to the air during a hurricane.
  • They can monitor the differences between different storm categories and ultimately advise governments and authorities on the best ways to deal with them.


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