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Surface Water and Flood Monitoring of Landfalling Hurricane Precipitation Using Airborne Passive Microwave Technology

Courtney R. Radley*, Frank J. LaFontaine, Robbie E. Hood, and John Mels, *(corresponding author) University Space Research Association National Space Science and Technology Center 320 Sparkman Dr., Huntsville, AL 35805 USA 256-961-7521 (V), Courtney.Radley@nsstc.nasa.gov (E)

Surface water and flooding can be detected and therefore monitored using passive microwave airborne radiometers. Signals from the lower microwave frequencies are not significantly affected by cloud water or light precipitation when measured from above. The Advanced Microwave Precipitation Radiometer (AMPR) flown on the NASA ER-2

has demonstrated high resolution detection of anomalous

numerous situations. Hurricane Georges in will be presented.

Examples of 1998 over the

detection of surface Dominican Republic

surface water and flooding in water and of flooding from and over southeast Louisiana

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