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Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:06:23 -0400
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Hello All,

Our team The 4 Musketeers would like to share this following information
for those interested or thinking about this topic for their Natures fury FLL
season, Registration is required for this free webinar..... Goodluck,

Team The 4 Musketeers and

Sejal -Nikhil

Coach for

FLL 7125 The 4 Musketeers

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NASA and Colorado State University Volunteer Network Invite Public to
Free Webinar on Floods


The public is invited to participate in a free webinar about a NASA field
campaign that uses rain measurements to improve flood forecasting. The
webinar will be hosted by NASA and the Community, Collaborative Rain,
Hail, and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, run by Colorado State
University, Fort Collins.

The webinar will be held on June 11 at 7 p.m. EDT and will feature the
Iowa Flood Studies field campaign, a partnership between NASA's Global
Precipitation Measurement mission and the Iowa Flood Center at the
University of Iowa, Iowa City.

"We're trying to figure out how well our satellites estimate rainfall," said
Walt Petersen, GPM ground validation scientist at NASA's Wallops Flight
Facility in Virginia. "This study is unique in that it takes space-borne
observations, it takes ground-based observations, and it brings those
things into a modeling framework that should further our ability to predict

Flooding is a major hazard worldwide that affects millions of people and
can cause billions of dollars in damage. During the Iowa Flood Studies' six-
week field campaign, scientists measure rainfall from rain gauges and
radar set up across eastern Iowa to improve satellite measurements of
precipitation from space and to improve the forecast models they use to
predict floods.

Walt Petersen, GPM science team lead for the field campaign, and Steve
Nesbitt of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will talk about
the importance and the day-to-day operations of these field campaigns.
They will discuss the campaign's science results, which will help
researchers better understand Earth's water cycle, weather and climate,
meteorology and the new capabilities of using satellite technology to
investigate Earth's hydrological systems. In addition, webinar participants
will discuss precipitation-related education and citizen science efforts.

CoCoRaHS is a citizen-scientist network with more than 18,000 volunteers
nationwide that encourages volunteers of all ages to record and monitor
precipitation using accurate, low-cost rain gauges. The organization is
working with the GPM mission, a new satellite mission to measure
precipitation from space every three hours that will help advance the
understanding of Earth's water and energy cycles. A partnership between
NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the GPM Core satellite
is scheduled to launch in early 2014.

Registration for the webinar is required at:

For more information on the Iowa Flood Studies, visit: or

For more information about the GPM mission, visit:, or

For more information about CoCoRaHS or to volunteer, visit:

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