The Aqua spacecraft contains two instruments (AIRS and AMSU-A) that, combined, collect data using microwave science technologies. Launched on May 4, 2002, data collected from Aqua instruments has contributed to several key scientific findings.
The "Precipitation and All-weather Temperature and Humidity" mission (PATH) will deliver a microwave array spectrometer payload. PATH could provide a number of measurements that are crucial for the monitoring and prediction of hurricanes and severe storms.
Field research campaigns allow researchers to get a closer look at atmospheric processes by allowing them to directly observe and measure actual atmospheric phenomena and allow them to validate scientific models that are essential to improving our ability to predict the impacts of climate change.