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Atmospheric muography for imaging and monitoring tropic cyclones

Tanaka, Hiroyuki K.M.; Gluyas, Jon; Holma, Marko; Joutsenvaara, Jari; Kuusiniemi, Pasi; Leone, Giovanni; Lo Presti, Domenico; Matsushima, Jun; Oláh, László; Steigerwald, Sara; Thompson, Lee F.; Usoskin, Ilya; Poluianov, Stepan; Varga, Dezső; Yokota, Yusuke

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Hiroyuki K.M. Tanaka

Marko Holma

Jari Joutsenvaara

Pasi Kuusiniemi

Giovanni Leone

Domenico Lo Presti

Jun Matsushima

László Oláh

Sara Steigerwald

Lee F. Thompson

Ilya Usoskin

Stepan Poluianov

Dezső Varga

Yusuke Yokota


Large-scale solid bodies on Earth such as volcanoes and man-made pyramids have been visualized with solid earth muography, and the recently invented technique, acqueous muography, has already demonstrated its capability to visualize ocean tides and tsunami. In this work, atmospheric muography, a technique to visualize and monitor the vertical profile of tropic cyclones (TCs) is presented for the first time. The density distribution and time-dependent behavior of several TCs which had approached Kagoshima, Japan, has been investigated with muography. The resultant time-sequential images captured their warm cores, and their movements were consistent with the TC trails and barometric pressure variations observed at meteorological stations. By combining multidirectional muographic images with barometric data, we anticipate that muography will become a useful tool to monitor the three-dimensional density distribution of a targeted mesoscale convective system.


Tanaka, H. K., Gluyas, J., Holma, M., Joutsenvaara, J., Kuusiniemi, P., Leone, G., …Yokota, Y. (2022). Atmospheric muography for imaging and monitoring tropic cyclones. Scientific Reports, 12(1), Article 16710.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 6, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Feb 13, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 13, 2023
Journal Scientific Reports
Publisher Nature Research
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 1
Article Number 16710


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