Thursday, 26 January 2012: 4:30 PM
Dallas Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network
Room 242 (New Orleans Convention Center )
The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) are embarking on a project to create the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Urban Demonstration Network. The centerpiece of the Dallas Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network will be an 6-8-node, boundary-layer, dual polarized, multi-Doppler X-band radar network. Additional in situ and remote sensors will complement the X-band radar observations. Data products will include single and multi-radar data, vector wind products, QPE, nowcasts, and model-based assimilated data and numerical weather prediction products. Research and R2O in the DFW Urban Demonstration Network will occur in a quasi-operational environment. New technology and products will be integrated into operational platforms for evaluation by a variety of users during real-time weather events. Users will include NWS and River forecasters, and emergency managers; users from transportation, utilities, regional airports, arenas, corporate headquarters, and the media will be added in the future. CASA's multidisciplinary team - engineers, computer scientists, social scientists meteorologists, a hydrologist and a human factors engineer - will conduct “end-to-end” research from sensor observation, to product development and validation linked to end user decision-making, response and value. In addition, the effort will develop models for federal/municipal/private partnerships that fund new observation technologies and on-going interdisciplinary research weather system research. This talk will provide and overview of the project and its goals.