OU deploys the world's most advanced weather radar

OU deploys the world's most advanced weather radar

A lasting legacy

Established nearly 20 years ago, the Advanced Radar Research Center at the University of Oklahoma has evolved out of the establishment of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Oklahoma for more than 50 years. During that time, the center has grown from three professors and several students to 20 professors, 25 full-time engineers, and more than 80 interdisciplinary graduate students from engineering and meteorology while still growing and expanding expertise in a variety of advanced radar applications.

“The Norman weather community is very important and has built the ARRC into the largest weather radar program in the world, and I believe it is the best,” Palmer said. “This would not have been possible without the continued investment the university has made in this program, the interdisciplinary team of engineers and meteorologists we have built, and the collaborative culture we have created.”

In addition to being a national leader in phased array radar systems, Palmer and his team also focus heavily on training, education and economic development to strengthen the University of Oklahoma and the state.

“When you develop transformative technology in a field that has been around for decades, you also have to provide quality training and education for the world to take full advantage. Our students learn and train on the most advanced weather radars in the world. When this technology is deployed across the country, it will “Our students are ready to go.” “This technology is also attracting interest from potential industry partners which will create jobs and economic opportunities across the state and nation.”

“The intellectual property generated by the Horus Program has the potential to change the country’s economic landscape and bring organizational unit technology to the world,” Diaz de la Rubia said.

As they continue to work on the next generation of weather radar and deploy the Horus system to capture the most high-resolution data available, Palmer hopes to leave a lasting legacy in the weather radar community.

“Our program has grown so large and developed advanced radars that I now want to have an impact on the nation's future weather radar infrastructure,” Palmer said. “If OU can have even a small impact on the future, I will be very proud.”

The Horus Project team published their first article on full-phase array weather radar in a special section on all-digital arrays in the inaugural issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Radar Systems In June 2023.

Learn more about the Horus System and the University of Oklahoma Advanced Radar Research Center.

(Tags for translation) College of Meteorology

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