Solving a decades-old problem of determining the strength of a storm before it hits, U-M engineering researchers are working on a global satellite project that would help predict the intensity of a hurricane while it is developing. In coordination with NASA, Michigan Engineering Professor Chris Ruf is working on the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) that will use GPS signals to see inside the storm – something that has never been available via satellite before.
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: Chris Ruf is a professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is also director of the Space Physics Research Laboratory. His research interests are Earth Environmental Remote Sensing, including Global Navigation Satellite System Mission Execution, design and fabrication of next-generation satellite microwave radiometers and novel methods for maintaining high accuracy and stability calibration of satellite sensors to detect minute global change signatures.