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TAMU Researchers using buoys to forecast Tropical Storm Barry, future storms

Posted at 6:53 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 19:55:22-04

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Researchers at Texas A&M University are doing their part to help forecast Tropical Storm Barry, as well as any other storms that may form in the Tropics.

At the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG), researchers operate a network of buoys off the Texas coastline that provide valuable data to meteorologists. Meteorologists can then use that data to track and forecast tropical systems.

The scope of these buoys, however, expands further than just Texas weather.

"We measure near surface currents, meteorological conditions and wave climate,” said John Walpert, senior research associate at GERG. “All of it is really protecting the resources of Texas. By protecting the coastline of Texas, we're protecting the economic prosperity of the people who work in those areas.”

Aggie researchers are about to add another radar that will scan the ocean in Freeport to expand their data collection even further.

For more information, you can visit the GERG website.