by, Phillip Gentry

UAH junior Alex McVey (pictured) spent the summer in the NASA-UAH DEVELOP lab, using satellites to map wetlands in Rwanda.

The next group assigned to this project will use satellite-based radar to produce accurate maps of current conditions. “With synthetic-aperture radar you can see the water on the ground, which is what you would like to do,” he says. “It’s pretty interesting.”

A native of Camden County, Georgia, McVey spent much of the past spring getting up early so he could help a team of students prepare weather forecasts and nowcasts for a NASA research aircraft flying missions to study lightning and severe weather over the Southeast. “That was exciting, even if it did mean getting to campus at 6 o’clock every morning,” he says. “I got to meet a lot of cool guys doing that.”

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