Researchers at the NOAA National Severe Storms Lab are using Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) to study storm damage in rural areas. In March, researchers captured aerial photos and video of storm damage from hard-to-reach locations using UAS, or drones. Learn about the multispectral camera on the UAS, and how the camera provides imagery showing high-resolution damage to vegetation.
Scientists hope images from the research drones will further improve our understanding of tornadoes, provide more information to NOAA National Weather Service forecasters for storm event ratings, and help improve the accuracy of the NOAA Storm Events Database. NWS forecasters reference the database to help predict future outbreaks; researchers use the database to help create new NWS forecast tools.
James Murnan, Audio/ Visuals Production Specialist
B.A. Film & Video, University of Oklahoma, 2005
Minor: General Business
James got his start at the Radar Operations Center as a student in 2003. He created the ROC tour video and assisted on the NSSL 40th anniversary project. He was eventually hired full time as a contractor in 2005, joint funded by several NOAA partners.
What He Does:
James works on a variety of public relations and outreach projects. He is involved in all aspects of production on video assignments, from script to shoot to final cut. He photographs noteworthy activities and events, including Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments, visiting dignitaries, field research, and the National Weather Festival. He brings our science to life and makes it accessible to everyone!
James is married with five children - four daughters and one son.
Check out James’ work on our YouTube (NOAAWP) and Flickr (NSSL NOAA) pages. His visuals are also widely used on our Facebook (NOAA NSSL), Twitter (@NSSL), and Instagram (NOAANSSL) sites.
The latest video in the “Bite-Sized Science” series highlights the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed 2013 Spring Experiments. The short videos are produced for NSSL and other NOAA Weather Partners in Norman, Okla., to focus on specific activities in each of the NOAA units.
The NOAA HWT Spring Experiments occur each spring during Oklahoma’s severe weather season and are hosted by NSSL, the SPC and the NWS Norman. During the experiments, visiting NWS forecasters and researchers evaluate a variety of new forecast and warning capabilities and techniques being developed at NSSL.
Other videos in the series include the mPING app, Multi-function Phased Array Radar, the NWS Storm Prediction Center and Dual-pol radar technology.