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By K. Cecilia Sequeira, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Corporate Communications
The NUCAPS software allows forecasters to look ahead at air quality and affect SAL events may have on incoming hurricanes. Kuciauskas said Navy forecasters are interested in tracking these storms in the same way as other meteorologists. “If you have that information available, the Navy can plan their daily maneuvers across the Atlantic basin,” said Kuciauskas.
NUCAPS is a publically available tool. Kuciauskas has trained civilian U.S. and international forecasters throughout the Caribbean on how to use the program to profile Saharan dust storms. The new tool is becoming increasingly popular in the region because it distinguishes between different aerosols affecting the Caribbean. NUCAPS provides data on the carbon monoxide and ozone gases and differentiates between a Saharan dust storm and smoke pollution from a fire traveling across the Atlantic.
Kuciauskas plans to introduce and train meteorologists at NRL – Monterey and the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center to leverage NUCAPS for similar regional predictions with designs to become an invaluable addition to global Navy operations.
The team at NRL – Monterey shares thousands of satellite-derived products via NRL’s public websites every day. Early impact warnings associated with Saharan dust storms may eventually enable state and federal agencies to greatly minimize SAL impacts on public health in the Caribbean.
The NUCAPS forecasting tool is part of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, which every national weather service in the U.S. can access. U.S. Navy meteorologists can also access NUCAPS via the NOAA website.
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