As of November 2014, the HMT-Southeast Pilot Study (HMT-SEPS) is concluding its ~16-month field deployment period. HMT-SEPS has been a successful field project and a foundation upon which many meaningful research-to-operations/applications partnerships have been built. The objective of the HMT-Southeast Pilot Study was to provide advanced hydrometeorological observations focused in western North Carolina, with some instrumentation also located in central and coastal NC. The project was made possible by partnering with NASA's IPHeX ground validation campaign, and HMT-SEPS was also able to identify and pursue several key Southeast-focused "science questions" targeting operationally-relevant heavy-precipitation-related topics.
While the HMT-SE Pilot Study has officially ended, some aspects of the regional effort will continue. First, the New Bern, NC Atmospheric River Observatory (ARO) will remain in place for an additional 12 months (through November 2015), and three new AROs at Johns Island, SC, Moss Point, MS and Sydney, FL will operate through November 2015. Observations can be accessed here. Research studies on a number of topics (some examples provided below) will also continue with support provided by NOAA ESRL PSD and the Sandy Supplemental funding award. Several collaborative efforts will also continue (e.g., NCSU/CSTAR, QPE/OHD) thanks to external support as well.
NOAA HMT intends to remain engaged with the HMT-Southeast community as progress is made on research efforts, and HMT also plans to continue to serve the community by continuing to host HMT-SEPS observations for download, as well as remain available for future collaborations on relevant regional endeavors. For additional information on HMT-SEPS in general, earlier documents can be found here and the HMT-SEPS Facebook page provides a useful timeline of HMT activities and events in the region.
Some select HMT-SEPS accomplishments are listed below:
Contact: Kelly Mahoney