DEVAS Camp 2013 was held June 11th at OU's Devon Energy Hall. Students use common items to build a touchpad at DEVAS Camp 2013. ARRC radar PX-1000 captured the Moore tornado on May 20, 2013. ARRC/ECE student Kevin Windham helped with the rescue & recovery effort in the aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado in Moore, OK. ARRC GRA's Jim Kurdzo, David Bodine & Feng Nai collect supercell data with the Atmospheric Imaging Radar near Snyder, OK on May 9, 2013. Twenty-three minutes of supercell data at rapid-scan rate, covering a range of 4-15 km, was collected with the AIR radar on May 9 near Snyder, OK. Dr. Boon Leng Cheong looks at a mobile radar at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Japan.

Welcome from the Executive Director

Welcome to the Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma! The ARRC is approaching its 10-year anniversary, and in that time has grown from a small group of energetic faculty and students into the largest academic radar program in the nation with well over 100 members. We focus on interdisciplinary education, leveraging a nationally ranked meteorology program and aggressively growing engineering departments. Our School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for example, has moved up 25 spots in national rankings in just the last year, largely due to a significant growth in radar and applied electromagnetics. The ARRC recently moved into the state-of-the-art Radar Innovations Laboratory – a 35,000-sqft “working laboratory” dedicated to innovations in radar technology and science. With the complete support of the university administration, the ARRC is poised to become the “go to” place for all things radar! -- Bob Palmer


ISARRA 2015 in Norman - Call for Papers

The 2015 Meeting of the International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely piloted Aircraft (ISARRA 2015) will be held on the University of Oklahoma campus during May 20th – 22nd. ISARRA was formed to provide a forum for those interested in using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to investigate and observe the Earth’s atmosphere. ISARRA 2015 will provide a venue for a wide spectrum of individuals to exchange ideas, technological advances, and related experiences pertaining to this topic. During the first two ISARRA meetings held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2013) and Odense, Denmark (2014) scientists, engineers, system developers, policy makers, and others came together to discuss all aspects of UAS and their ability to be used for atmospheric studies. The events were very successful in helping to synthesize this growing community.

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Posted on Tuesday Mar 10, 2015 10:27 am CDT

ARRC Faculty Member Awarded Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program Award!

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced that it will award research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering. ARRC Faculty Member, Dr. Hjalti Sigmarsson, was awarded the YIP award for "Reconfigurable, high-Frequency Circuit Components using Phased Change Materials". The purpose of this research project is to develop new, innovative, electronically-tunable substrate materials. These materials will enable frequency and loss tuning of resonating elements that can be used to realize agile radio frequency hardware for future generations of communications and radar systems. Congratulations, Dr. Sigmarsson!

Posted on Friday Jan 16, 2015 04:56 pm CST

Congratulations to Phillip Stepanian and his advisor, Dr. Phil Chilson!!!

ARRC PhD student, Phillip Stepanian, was awarded and accepted a Marshall post-graduate Fellowship. The support from the Fellowship will allow Phillip to conduct biological radar research in the United Kingdom after completing his doctoral studies. Marshall Fellowships are prestigious and post-doctoral Fellowships are particularly competitive as they cut across all disciplines and awards are typically limited to one award per year for post-doctoral researchers across the US.  Looking over the award winners of the past 15 years, Phillip appears to be the first atmospheric scientist to be awarded this honor in that time frame.

Posted on Friday Jan 16, 2015 04:56 pm CST

Signature page launched into space and flying on the GPM platform

OU Research Scientist Dr. Pierre Kirstetter is cited as the recipient for the OU/NSSL team involving Drs. Jonathan Gourley and Yang Hong for two NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Robert H. Goddard Awards, both for the category of Exceptional Achievement in Science. One award is for contributing to the success of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Ground Validation Team and the other as part of the algorithm teams (Radar, Radiometer, Combined, and Merged). GPM is an international network of satellites that provide the next-generation global observations of rain and snow. OU/NSSL scientists have worked at the interface between the satellite algorithm development and the ground validation team to improve precipitation estimates across the entire globe. These distinguished awards are given annually at NASA GSFC after an extensive nomination and review process. The awards will be presented on March 17, 2015 at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Posted on Tuesday Jan 13, 2015 02:32 pm CST

Dr. Yang Hong is elected to Executive Committee of AGU Natural Hazard Focus Group (NHFG)

NHFG is the only group fosters a focus within AGU on studies of geophysical hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, fires, floods, heat waves, landslides, space weather, storms, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, impact by near-Earth objects, and related events. The Group promotes fundamental research into the links between extreme natural hazards and dynamic processes on Earth and in space; real-time and long-term monitoring of active Earth processes; quantitative natural-hazard modeling; studying predictability of natural extreme events, their operational forecasting, and reducing predictive uncertainties; and implementation of effective strategies and designs for hazard mitigation and disaster management worldwide. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is an international non-profit scientific association of Earth and Space Scientists with more than 62,000 members worldwide.

Posted on Tuesday Jan 06, 2015 09:55 am CST

AMS Announces 2015 Award Winners

Recently, the American Meteorological Society announced its 2015 Award Winners, Fellow and Honorary Members. The Advanced Radar Research Center is proud to boast that faculty member and Executive Director, Dr. Bob Palmer is among the recipients to receive the fellowship award.Fellows are those persons that have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years. Fellows represent the top 0.2 % of the membership of the society.

Posted on Tuesday Jan 06, 2015 09:55 am CST