Getting a ‘GRIP’ on Hurricane Forecasting

Every summer, tens of thousands of people follow the spinning, counterclockwise drama that plays out across their television screens. Satellite images show a tropical depression forming off the coast. Will it become one of the most powerful storms on Earth? Will it turn into a hurricane?

The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes mission, or GRIP, will use 15 cutting edge instruments to get a daring new look at some of the world’s fiercest storms. Scientists will study how storms form, strengthen, and weaken, and try to better understand how tropical storms develop into major hurricanes.

As a research scientist and Team Lead in the Earth Science Office at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Dr. Tim Miller’s scientific expertise lies mainly in atmospheric modeling and dynamics. Miller was born and grew up on a farm in Blanchester, Ohio, and he received his PhD from the University of Arizona.

His experience includes being a Mission Scientist for ATLAS-2 and ATLAS-3, which were Space Shuttle (Spacelab) missions to study stratospheric chemistry in collaboration with UARS. He was appointed Principle Investigator of the Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD) project in 2008. He has published work in numerical study of the stability, wavenumber selection, and vacillation of 3D baroclinic systems and in symmetric instability.

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