HMT-Southeast Pilot Study
The HMT-SE Pilot Study (HMT-SEPS) is a field project planned for May 2013 – September 2014 in western North Carolina. The project represents an initial step toward addressing the scientific questions articulated by earlier planning efforts in 2009 to define a long term HMT-SE research agenda. HMT-SEPS will be largely focused on quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) in western portions of North Carolina, but some instrumentation in central and eastern North Carolina will allow for QPE study across a wider region as well. Complementary research on southeast U.S. extreme precipitation events and improved characterization of moisture sources and transport will also be conducted, with a particular focus on gaps and opportunities for improvement in the quantitative precipitation forecasting (QPF) of such events. The combined efforts of the HMT-SEPS field project and the accompanying QPF-related research efforts will together run from spring 2012 through spring 2015.