NASA seeks the gold in Winter Olympics snow
08 February 2018
NASA engineer Manuel Vega can see one of the Olympic ski jump towers from the rooftop of the South Korean weather office where he is stationed. Vega is not watching skiers take flight, preparing for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympic games. Instead, he's inspecting the SUV-sized radar beside him. The instrument is one of 11 NASA instruments specially transported to the Olympics to measure the quantity and type of snow falling on the slopes, tracks and halfpipes.
NASA will perform this research in collaboration with the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA), as one of 20 agencies from about a dozen countries and the World Meteorological Organization's World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) in a project called the International Collaborative Experiments for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, or ICE-POP. The international team will make measurements from the start of the Olympics on 09 February through the end of the Paralympics on 18 March.
Image credit: Flickr/Republic of Korea - 2013 PyeongChang The Special Olympics World Winter Games courtesy of the Republic of Korea.