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February 12, 2014

New radar deployed in Texas

NORMAN — A University of Oklahoma next generation radar was deployed Tuesday in Addison, Texas, as part of a new system designed to save lives and property by providing near-surface, fine-scale, rapidly updated information on severe weather.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network is a five-year, $10 million joint venture between OU, the University of Massachusetts and Colorado State University.

“It is a great credit to the quality of the radar research team at OU that our technology has been selected for this life-saving project,” OU President David L. Boren said.

Researchers collaborated on the development of the new radar system for the Urban Demonstration Network with the goal of improving the detection, prediction and warning of hazardous weather, including flash flooding, severe winds and tornadoes, across an urban environment.

“The Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere Demonstration Network is a ‘living testbed,’ where information from the Network will be used in real-time operations by the National Weather Service and local emergency managers to improve severe weather warning operations,” said Jerry Brotzge, senior scientist for OU’s Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms.

The OU radar deployed in Addison was designed by the Advanced Radar Research Center on the OU Research Campus and manufactured by Electronics Enterprise Corporation.

When all radars are deployed, the Urban Demonstration Network will provide a dense network of overlapping coverage across the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex. The network will consist of mechanically scanning, dual-polarimetric X-band radars, with four radars scheduled for deployment by the spring.

Over the next decade, OU and its collaborators hope to see the system deployed in major metropolitan areas across the country where severe storms have had a huge impact in the loss of lives and property.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network is being funded and operated by a consortium of local, federal government and private sector partners.

For more information about the OU radar and the Urban Demonstration Network, email Brotzge at jbrotzge@ou.edu or visit the CAPS website at caps.ou.edu.

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