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2009, Oceanography 22(3):190–197, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.78

Applications of Satellite-Derived Ocean Measurements to Tropical Cyclone Intensity Forecasting

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Gustavo Goni | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), Miami, FL, USA

Mark DeMaria | NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch, Fort Collins, CO, USA

John Knaff | NOAA NESDIS Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Charles Sampson | Marine Meteorology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, CA, USA

Isaac Ginis | University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, RI, USA

Francis Bringas | Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Alberto Mavume | Marine Science and Oceanography Group, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique

Chris Lauer | NOAA National Hurricane Center, Tropical Prediction Center, Miami, FL, USA

I.-I. Lin | Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

M.M. Ali | Oceanography Division, National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, India

Paul Sandery | Center for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Melbourne, Australia

Silvana Ramos-Buarque | Météo-France/Mercator Océan, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France

KiRyong Kang | National Typhoon Center, Korea Meteorological Administration, Jeju, South Korea

Avichal Mehra | NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Environmental Modeling Center, Camp Springs, MD, USA

Eric Chassignet | Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

George Halliwell | NOAA AOML, Miami, FL, USA, and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA



Sudden tropical cyclone (TC) intensification has been linked with high values of upper ocean heat content contained in mesoscale features, particularly warm ocean eddies, provided that atmospheric conditions are also favorable. Although understanding of air-sea interaction for TCs is evolving, this manuscript summarizes some of the current work being carried out to investigate the role that the upper ocean plays in TC intensification and the use of ocean parameters in forecasting TC intensity.


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Goni, G., M. DeMaria, J. Knaff, C. Sampson, I. Ginis, F. Bringas, A. Mavume, C. Lauer, I.-I. Lin, M.M. Ali, P. Sandery, S. Ramos-Buarque, K. Kang, A. Mehra, E. Chassignet, and G. Halliwell. 2009. Applications of satellite-derived ocean measurements to tropical cyclone intensity forecasting. Oceanography 22(3):190–197, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.78.