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Overview

The Precipitation and All-Weather Temperature and Humidity Mission would be designed to observe and improve understanding and modeling of hurricanes, severe weather and related hydrology-cycle processes:

  • N. Atlantic hurricanes
  • CONUS severe storms
  • E. Pacific hurricanes
  • Tropical moisture transport
  • Oceanic and continental atmospheric processes
  • Diurnal cycles

As defined by the NRC Decadal Survey, PATH is currently a third-tier mission, set for a possible launch sometime between 2016 and 2020. It will be a medium size mission and carry an microwave array spectrometer (GeoSTAR is a possible candidate for this).

path benefits
This image shows ways that a PATH mission carrying a microwave array spectrometer could contribute to the research community.

Additional information is available on the PATH Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.4 MB).

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