Next-Gen Radar Network to Expand

Achievement date: 
2014
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), headquartered at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will expand its Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) testbed with a two-year Accelerating Innovation Research (ARI) grant from NSF.

 

Impact/benefits: 

The DFW testbed is currently composed of eight CASA high-resolution X-band weather radars. The network will soon expand to include advanced barometers built by Paroscientific, Inc., based in Redmond, Washington. The researchers plan to integrate a variety of other sensors to create a network of networks for CASA’s next generation weather system.

 

Explanation/Background: 

This expansion is part of an innovation ecosystem that will focus on fostering private-public partnerships to transfer technology to the urban environment. CASA will work with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the City of Fort Worth to continue research at its DFW testbed. It will also partner with Fort Worth’s Storm Weather Division and the Center for Analysis and prediction of Storms (CAPS) at the University of Oklahoma to improve the accuracy of flood forecasts.

As part of CASA’s maturity, the team has been shifting its focus toward technology transfer. They plan to create a marketable product from their meteorological command and control software, the brain of the CASA system. They also plan to study the economic value of the data collected by their testbed. Educational plans include expansion of student research opportunities and new coursework at the University of North Texas.