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REPOST: Into the Storm, Under the Ocean

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:40 AM by Adam Kelley

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) offers many summer internships and programs for midshipmen to take part in each year. One of those internship opportunities is a program called Training and Research in Oceanic and Atmospheric Processes in Tropical Cyclones (TROPIC), an internship program offered to rising first class (senior) and second class (junior) midshipmen during the third block of their summer training.

The program, created by Navy Capt. Beth Sanabia, a permanent military professor in the Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department at USNA, began in 2011. During the months of July and August, Sanabia and her TROPIC team work directly with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as the Hurricane Hunters, from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, to improve hurricane forecast accuracy by understanding what is happening under the storm during tropical disturbances in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The TROPIC team augments the Hurricane Hunters’ atmospheric measurements by collecting ocean data in and around the storm environment.

The Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department is proud of our military faculty member CAPT Sanabia and the work she accomplishes with our TROPIC Interns!


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