Observing Systems

Use and develop state-of-the-art observing systems to study the roles of atmospheric rivers, orographic precipitation, boundary layer, soil moisture and microphysical processes in water cycle extreme events

  • Utilize the HMT-West Legacy Network sponsored by DWR/EFREP
  • Utilize unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), both large and small, operated by others
  • Establish an atmospheric profiler observing capability at SIO (2 transportable systems)
  • Use and evaluate emerging satellite-based remote sensing, e.g., GPM, SWOT, SMAP, with JPL
  • Evaluate and recommend observing network alternatives for the Western U.S. for extreme events