Patrick Rynne, Fiona Graham, Jennah Caster and Laura Graham are ocean scientists and adventurers at Waterlust (@waterlust), a purpose-driven company that travels the world to create films about water. Recognizing a shared passion for sea-based adventure, marine science, and a love for all things water, Sperry has partnered with WATERLUST to explore and embark on new Odysseys around the world.
In their latest Odyssey, the Waterlust crew explored the world of hurricane research at the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. SUSTAIN Laboratory at the University of Miami. Here scientists and engineers work to better understand the field of air-sea interaction to develop disaster-resistant and resilient coastal communities.
The tank measures 75 feet long by 20 feet wide and is capable of generating hurricane force winds using a 1,460 horsepower fan! The team met up with Ph.D student Nathan Laxague to deploy a series of GoPro cameras to visualize how these intensely strong winds and spray interact with a coastal structure.
For reference, here’s a chart of storm types and categories:
|Tropical Storms:||39-73 mph|
|Category 1:||74-95 mph|
|Category 2:||96-110 mph|
|Category 3:||111-129 mph|
|Category 4:||130-156 mph|
|Category 5:||157+ mph|