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Satellite Applications to Tropical Cyclones


Ray Zehr

Mark DeMaria



Intern Course




Other Contributors: John Knaff, Eileen Maturi


The goal of this course is to provide an overview of satellite methods for analysis of tropical cyclones (TCs) and their environment.


  1. Review of sensors for TC analysis
    1. Geostationary
    2. Polar orbiting
      1. Passive
      2. Active
  2. Center fixing and intensity estimation
    1. The traditional Dvorak method
    2. Microwave methods
  3. Short term forecasting methods
    1. TC motion
    2. Vertical shear
    3. Upper ocean structure estimation D. Storm structure analysis

Training Session Options:

Audio playback – This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and can be taken at anytime. Certificates of completion for NOAA employees can be obtained through your Science Operation Officer or training point of contact.

Create a directory to download the audio playback file (it is about 57 MB in size) from one of the following sites:


After extracting the files into that directory click on the visitplay.bat file to start the lesson.


This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


Dan Bikos (970) 491-3777