6B.2 NWS - FAA Radar Projects - Update 2013

Wednesday, 9 January 2013: 8:45 AM
Room 12A (Austin Convention Center)
Michael J. Istok, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; and R. E. Saffle and B. Bumgarner

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In addition to partnering with the Department of Defense (DoD) for operations and improvements of the WSR-88D/NEXRAD system, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are collaborating on other weather radar projects. This presentation will provide a high-level update on the NWS operational use of data from the FAA's Terminal Doppler Weather Radar units, the experimental use of data from the FAA's Air Route Surveillance Radar – Model 4 and Air Surveillance Radar – Model 11 units, and ongoing activities related to preparing for potential future replacement of the WSR-88D and these FAA radars with Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) units. MPAR capabilities promise to provide the next (post WSR-88D Dual Polarization) revolutionary improvement in support to weather forecasting and warning operations.
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