South Carolina State Joins National Severe Weather Monitoring Project
South Carolina State University students and faculty members will join the University of Michigan in a seven-year research project aimed at measuring severe weather patterns through satellite technology. The project will allow for better prediction and response to hurricanes and tropical storms.
Students and faculty members at South Carolina State University will participate in the project over the next seven years. Dr. Donald Walter, SC State Professor of Physics, and Dr. Stephen Katzberg, previously a NASA Visiting Professor at SC State and now a retired research engineer living in Orangeburg, will lead the local effort.
Dr. Katzberg noted that, “This mission represents a culmination of research in which I have been engaged since 1996. It is always satisfying to see research turned into practical reality, especially since I was fortunate enough to have helped create this new remote sensing technique. The use of ‘nano’ satellites and the GPS system means the taxpayer is getting much more ‘bang-for-a-buck’ in the space technology being developed to save lives and protect property from hurricanes.”