In 2008, DHS Spent $64 Million on research to learn about steering & controlling HurricanesSubmitted by go213mph on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 17:23
Citing Hurricane Katrina as the basis for the project, the Hurricane Aerosol and Microphysics Program (HAMP) worked with Project Stormfury veteran Joe Golden and a panel of other experts “to test the effects of aerosols on the structure and intensity of hurricanes.” HAMP was funded under contract HSHQDC-09-C-00064 at a taxpayer price tag of $64.1 million.
29th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology
The Hurricane Aerosol and Microphysics Program (HAMP): A HAMP Contribution
Joe Golden, Golden Research & Consulting, Boulder, CO; and W. L. Woodley
The Department of Homeland Security asked NOAA/ESRL in Boulder to organize a workshop on possible new scientific theory and approaches to hurricane modification in February, 2008. Nearly two dozen scientists from around the world attended and there were a number of hypotheses and new ideas presented. We shall summarize the workshop results here and the development of the new DHS-funded HAMP Program that arose from the Workshop. HAMP is only the first Phase in a planned three-phase program. There will be no actual seeding trials unless one or more of the modification hypotheses is confirmed in Phase 1, through an interactive program of high-resolution coupled models and new aircraft observations. HAMP will focus on the effects of aerosols on cloud microphysics within the hurricane and on the effects of aerosols on hurricane structure and behavior, especially changes in hurricane intensity. This will be done through observations of aerosols and resulting cloud microphysical structure within the hurricane and simulating their effects using high-resolution, coupled, ocean-atmosphere models that treat cloud microphysical processes explicitly and incorporate the effects of sea spray.