Where science is five years after Hurricane Katrina

Thursday - 8/26/2010, 2:36pm EDT

Scientists at Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) hope that supercomputer simulations of the global weather machine will eventually pay off with forecasts helpful in planning for hurricanes. Since the notorious 2005 hurricane season that included Hurricane Katrina, "there have been tremendous advances in high-resolution modeling of storms," according to GMAO scientist Siegfried Schubert in NASA's Geeked on Goddard blog. Schubert says that researchers have reached new heights in detailed weather and climate simulation using Goddard's Discover supercomputer. The star of the show is the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5).

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