NEWS AN D Notes lililli,; Wate r Vapo r Data Adde d to UPS Deliveries researchers by providing more accurate water vapor United Parcel Service (UPS) will soon be deliver- information to be included in climate research and ing more than just packages: it will be delivering modeling. The information gathered by these aircraft weather data to scientists at the Commerce will be used by scientists involved in the Global En- Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric ergy and Water Cycle Experiment Continental-Scale Administration (NOAA). A weather probe will be International Project (GCIP), a research effort to im- mounted on UPS aircraft to collect important water prove the ability to model global precipitation and vapor data that will help improve aviation forecasting evaporation. and weather and climate modeling. "Commercial aircraft can play a leading role in at- Currently, water vapor measurements are taken ev- mospheric observations by filling the gap that pres- ery 12 hours when weather balloons are released by ently exists between information gathered from bal- NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS). Accord- loons every 12 hours and from satellite observations. ing to NWS meteorologists, this is not frequent enough The information gathered by UPS aircraft will give us
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1997
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