92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Thursday, 26 January 2012: 4:30 PM
Dallas Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network
Room 242 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Brenda J. Philips, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; and V. Chandrasekar, F. H. Carr, J. Brotzge, P. Rees, C. E. League, and A. Bajaj

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.

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