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MPAR and the Advancement of Atmospheric Sciences. Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D., CMarSci Assistant Administrator, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research & Chair, NOAA Senior Research Council National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Weather Radar Research. 2003 Phased-Array Radar.

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mpar and the advancement of atmospheric sciences

MPAR and the Advancement of Atmospheric Sciences

Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D., CMarSciAssistant Administrator, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research & Chair, NOAA Senior Research Council

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

weather radar research
Weather Radar Research
  • 2003 Phased-Array Radar
  • 1985 Dual Polarization
  • Clear air, velocity azimuth display
  • 1975 Real-time color displays of reflectivity, velocity, & spectrum
  • 1974 Dual Doppler & Pulse-Pair Processing
  • 1974 JDOP tested warning potential
  • 1973 Discovery of tornado vortex signature
  • 1969 10-cm Doppler
  • 1964 3-cm wavelength CW Doppler Radar
  • Mid 1960s WSR-57 studied
  • 1961 Radar Echo & Turbulence
phased array radar wsr 88d scanning rates
Phased Array Radar & WSR-88D scanning rates

PAR

Strong updraft indicated by weak echo region

Rapid descent of high reflectivity core

19:40:05

19:44:57

NEXRAD

Weak outflow in corresponding velocity field at 19:51:03

Strong outflow at 19:56:00

19:49:49

19:54:42

slide5

Hazardous Weather Testbed

  • Operated jointly each Spring
  • 50-60 government, academic, & private sector researchers & forecasters participate
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Research Vision

I.Roles, Responsibilities, Resources, Requirements

II. Testbeds

Joint Program Development Office? Conducting Risk Reduction R&D

III. Operational Test & Evaluation

Industry

Gov’t

NOAA

DOD

FAA

DHS

….

30%

T+40min

T+20min

Academia

Oversight