Texas, Tom and Jerry, and a Thirsty Planet

GRACETexas, Tom and Jerry, and a Thirsty Planet – Pacific Standard Features the GRACE Satellites as they Celebrate 10 Years in Space

Learn how scientists at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research are measuring the loss of water around the world with a pair of aging satellites known as GRACE on the Pacific Standard website.


An artist's conception of Tom and Jerry communicating their distance from each other while orbiting the Earth. (The University of Texas Center for Space Research and NASA). Read the Pacific Standard story about Professor Byron Tapley and the team of scientists who are using the GRACE satellites to measure the loss of water around the globe.

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  • UT’s supercomputing research arm is part of a coalition of universities behind ADCIRC, a computer program that predicts and simulates storm surges. Now the coalition is receiving a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to update the computer code, with the goal of providing more timely predictions for the emergency responders who need to make decisions on evacuations and other response efforts. (Austin-American Statesman, October 19, 2014)

  • A new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences to further develop a high-tech, super-computer powered storm surge simulator that could help emergency officials better plan hurricane responses. (Austin Business Journal, October 20, 2014)

  • Glenn Lightsey talks about miniature satellites for Deep Space Industries's test missions occurring in 2015 (PRX, August, 25, 2014)