Polarimetric Radar for Innovations in Meteorology and Engineering

OU-PRIME OU-PRIME provides a state‐of‐the‐art platform supporting innovative radar engineering and meteorological projects by researchers, students, and educators. This unique, high‐resolution, dual‐polarization radar will also be used to enhance collaboration of the University of Oklahoma with academic, government, and private sector partners.

System Overview

Operated by OU's Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC), OU‐PRIME is the highest resolution, dual‐polarization, C‐band, research radar in the world. The sensitivity of the system is excellent, opening up possibilities for studies of clear‐air phenomena and non‐precipitating clouds, for example. The hardware was designed to allow flexible configurations for both RF and digital technology investigations. Real‐time acquisition of time‐series data facilitates advanced signal processing developments such as spectral analysis, adaptive clutter filtering, etc.

System characteristics:
  • Location 35.180299, -97.43550
  • Radiating Center Height is 80 feet (24.4 m)
  • Operating frequency is 5510 MHz (C-band)
    • Wavelength: 5.44 cm
    • Pulse Length: 0.4, 0.8, 1.0, 2.0 μsec
    • Pulse Repetition Frequency: 300-2000 Hz, 1-Hz step
  • 1 MW peak power (magnetron with solid-state modulator)
  • 8.5-meter Andrew's precision C-band dish
    • High angular resolution: 0.5 degree @ -3 dB points
    • Gain: 50 dBi
    • Sidelobe level: Better than -26 dB one-way
    • Cross-Pol: Better than -30 dB
  • Rotation rate: 6-25 deg/sec under typical scanning (30 deg/sec Max)
  • Minimum Detectable Signal: -112 dBm
    • Radar Sensitivity: -18 dBZ at 50 km
    • Noise Figure: 3 dB
  • Simultaneous dual-polarization
  • Flexible computing platform for real-time algorithm development
  • Real-time I/Q data recording/processing
    • A/D converter resolution: 16 bit
    • Receiver bandwidth: 6 MHz
    • Gate spacing: 25-500 m
    • Number of range gates: up to 2200
    • Clutter suppression: 60 dB (automatic detection/suppression using CLEAN-AP)
The radar is located on OU's University Research Campus, near the National Weather Center and adjacent to ARRC's Radar Innovations Lab, where an extensive suite of microwave test equipment is available.

Open for Collaboration

The University of Oklahoma encourages academic, government, and private sector collaborations focused on advancing weather radar technology and science. OU‐PRIME is open for business as a platform to foster and support such relationships. Joint projects are welcome in signal processing, radar system design, phased array radar, profiling radar, QPE, radar polarimetry, retrieval algorithms, and severe storm observations. Please contact the ARRC Director for specific inquires.

Publication of OU-PRIME Data

The use of OU-PRIME data in formal publications and research projects is strongly encouraged. For publications, please use the following acknowledgement: "OU-PRIME is maintained and operated by the Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) of the University of Oklahoma."

Direction to OU-PRIME