Research undertaken at the (SPACE) Research Centre has been cited in the Australian Technology Network (ATN) of Universities’ 50 Solutions That Count.
The Satellite Positioning for Atmosphere, Climate and Environment (SPACE) Research Centre received acknowledgement for its studies on Improving Weather Forecasting and Climate Modelling for the Australian Region Using GPS Radio Occultation.
Professor Kefei Zhang, Dr Robert Norman, Dr Falin Wu, Dr Xiaohua Xu and Mr Erjiang Fu received credit for their joint research project with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), which has resulted in increased accuracy and timeliness of forecasting information.
RMIT and BOM worked together to develop practical applications using data from Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the next generation Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for weather forecasting and climate monitoring.
GNSS is now an established atmospheric observing system which can accurately sense water vapour, the most abundant greenhouse gas, accounting for 60-70% of atmospheric warming.
Water vapour is under-sampled in the current meteorological and climate observing systems, and obtaining more high-quality humidity observations is essential to weather forecasting and climate monitoring.