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Knaff and Team Recognized for Navy Typhoon Warning Support

photo: John KnaffApril 30, 2014 - CoRP/RAMMB scientist John Knaff and his colleagues were recently recognized by the U.S. Navy for their invaluable support to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) during the 2013 tropical cyclone season and for his commitment to developing and delivering the scientific research necessary to improve tropical cyclone analysis, modeling and forecasting. The U.S. Navy and the JTWC uses their Multiplatform Satellite Surface Wind Analysis (MSSWA) on a daily basis to help assess the low-level wind structure of tropical cyclones across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Their work ensures that JTWC remains well positioned as a premier tropical cyclone reconnaissance and forecasting center supporting the United States Pacific Command and military operations throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Colleagues at CIRA who contribute to this work include Andrea Schumacher, Kate Musgrave, and Galina Chirokova; they all work exclusively on tropical storm problems. Particular credit for the success of these efforts also goes to Mark DeMaria, whose past leadership in this area was very valuable.

John Knaff joined NOAA in 2006 as a meteorologist in the NESDIS Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch located in Fort Collins, Colo. His research has been primarily on observational aspects of hurricane structure and intensity variations and prediction. Much of this work has led to the development of forecast applications that have been transferred to operations at the NESDIS/Satellite Analysis Branch, the National Hurricane Center and the JTWC. Currently, his research utilizes satellite and other observations to improve scientific understanding, diagnosis and forecasting capabilities of tropical cyclone genesis and structure change, the development and documentation of operational tropical cyclone forecasting techniques, and the transfer of such techniques to the operational setting.

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