Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP)

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The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment was a NASA Earth science field experiment in 2010 that was conducted to better understand how tropical storms form and develop into major hurricanes. NASA used the DC-8 aircraft, the WB-57 aircraft, and the Global Hawk Unmanned Airborne System (UAS) configured with a suite of in situ and remote sensing instruments used to observe and characterize the lifecycle of hurricanes.

The ITSC provided pre-mission, mission, and post mission support for GRIP by developing a collaborative data portal that was used for mission planning and coordination. ITSC personnel were deployed to the field during the mission to provide data management expertise and to maintain hardware and software systems including those on board the DC-8.

All data from the GRIP mission are available through the Global Hydrology Resource Center.

Image of Global hawk with GRIP instrument package
Image showing route laid out by ITSC developed Way Point Tool
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