NASA's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) Field Experiment

AMS Citation:
Braun, S. A., and Coauthors, 2013: NASA's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) Field Experiment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94, 345-363, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00232.1.
Date:2013-03-01
Resource Type:article
Title:NASA's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) Field Experiment
Abstract: In August-September 2010, NASA, NOAA, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) conducted separate but closely coordinated hurricane field campaigns, bringing to bear a combined seven aircraft with both new and mature observing technologies. NASA's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment, the subject of this article, along with NOAA's Intensity Forecasting Experiment (IFEX) and NSF's Pre-Depression Investigation of Cloud-Systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) experiment, obtained unprecedented observations of the formation and intensification of tropical cyclones. The major goal of GRIP was to better understand the physical processes that control hurricane formation and intensity change, specifically the relative roles of environmental and inner-core processes. A key focus of GRIP was the application of new technologies to address this important scientific goal, including the first ever use of the unmanned Global Hawk aircraft for hurricane science operations. NASA and NOAA conducted coordinated flights to thoroughly sample the rapid intensification (RI) of Hurricanes Earl and Karl. The tri-agency aircraft teamed up to perform coordinated flights for the genesis of Hurricane Karl and Tropical Storm Matthew and the nonredevelopment of the remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston. The combined GRIP-IFEX-PREDICT datasets, along with remote sensing data from a variety of satellite platforms [Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Aqua, Terra, CloudSat, and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO)], will contribute to advancing understanding of hurricane formation and intensification. This article summarizes the GRIP experiment, the missions flown, and some preliminary findings.
Peer Review:Refereed
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Publisher's Version: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00232.1
Author(s):
  • Scott Braun
  • Ramesh Kakar
  • Edward Zipser
  • Gerald Heymsfield
  • Cerese Albers
  • Shannon Brown
  • Stephen Durden
  • Stephen Guimond
  • Jeffrey Halverson
  • Andrew Heymsfield - NCAR/UCAR
  • Syed Ismail
  • Bjorn Lambrigtsen
  • Timothy Miller
  • Simone Tanelli
  • Janel Thomas
  • Jon Zawislak
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