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UAlbany scientist studying hurricane intensity

WNYT Staff
Created: July 03, 2020 07:15 PM

A scientist at UAlbany is studying hurricanes.

Brian Tang was recently awarded $2 million from the Office of Naval Research to study hurricane intensity.

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He says current models do not forecast the rapid intensification very well.

Tang says this is due to three processes at play - the environment around the hurricane, thunderstorm clouds within the hurricane, and turbulence between those clouds and the ocean.

Tang compares the current resolution of computer models to a standard definition television set. He hopes to move to high definition and eventually to ultra-high definition.

Hear why he says it's so important to study these storms by watching the video of the story.


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