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Using LIDAR To Better Understand Storm Force Winds.

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NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin

The 2019 hurricane season is winding down, but researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology are just getting started on a project that could help us better understand how wind affects buildings, and be better prepared for hurricanes of the future.

Florida Tech’s 3 year, $421,000 grant will help a team of investigators led by mechanical and civil engineering professor Jean-Paul Pinelli, aerospace engineering professor Chelakara Subramanian and ocean engineering and marine sciences professor Steven Lazarus, develop a wireless sensor network system.

Dr. Steven Lazarus joins Intersection to explain how the research project uses LIDAR– like the sensors that help steer autonomous vehicles– to track the impact of wind. 

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A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »