CASA Dallas Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network: A Living Lab for Innovations in Severe Weather Warning and Response
CASA (Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere) Engineering Research Center, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the NWS Office of Science and Technology is developing a Living Lab environment that simultaneously addresses the science questions and real-life implementation challenges of meeting the severe weather information needs in urban areas. The CASA Dallas Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network researches and demonstrates the value of short-wavelength, polarimetric, networked radar observations for high spatial and temporal resolution severe weather warnings and forecasts, user decision-making, and response. The end-to-end network infrastructure includes CASA X-band radars and other sensors, communications, high-resolution products, and data dissemination to decision makers and the public. Our users and stakeholders include NWS forecasters, emergency managers, health care workers, media, and industry. As a Living Lab, researchers, users and stakeholders establish and evaluate research and innovation goals, experimentation and demonstration take place during real-time weather events, and a multi-sector partnership among academic, private, federal, municipal partners financially supports costs of network. After reviewing key features of Living Labs and the DFW Urban Demonstration Network, an urban flash flood and tornadic event from the 2014 DFW storm season will be used to illustrate how how our process works.