MIRSL to study of landfalling hurricanes

MIRSL is participating in a four-year National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) project entitled "Predicting Hurricane Coastal Impacts."  Professors Stephen Frasier and Simon Kraatz of MIRSL will work with colleagues from the University of Miami to collect and analyze spaceborne synthetic aperture radar data to evaluate coastal changes in topography, flooding, and damage due to landfalling hurricanes.  MIRSL will work specifically with radar data provided by Capella Space, a U.S. startup company deploying a constellation of 36 satellites operating at X-band.  These satellites can be tasked to acquire imagery of specific areas on short notice and will augment observations by other spaceborne imaging radars and optical sensors.  Ultimately observations will be used in near-real-time to improve predictive models of coastal change.