Front Range Observational Network Testbed (FRONT)
FRONT: A testbed for innovative weather and climate technology development; leading, promoting and enabling geoscience research and education.
FRONT provides the atmospheric science community with a cost-efficient observational infrastructure for the collection of comprehensive mesoscale data sets that include the unique dual-polarization and multi-wavelength remote sensing capabilities of the NCAR S-Pol and CSU-CHILL radars.
FRONT integrates CSU-CHILL and NCAR/EOL S-Pol systems to streamline development and operations for expanded science and education opportunities and forms one engineering development team whose efforts benefit both NSF S-band radar facilities. The shared engineering and scientific activities between CHILL and NCAR/EOL S-band research radars provide the scientific community with opportunities to:
Enhanced Radar Services for the Atmospheric Research Community
1) conduct target of opportunity scientific field experiments
2) maintain a long-term mesoscale test bed for assessing instruments, data quality procedures, sensor integration, numerical models, networking capabilities and derived products
3) provide a framework or magnet for local field campaigns, and
4) conduct continuous hands-on education.
This data image shows the low-level horizontal wind field over the Colorado plains during a snowstorm on December 31 2010. The triangle marks the locations of the CSU-CHILL, NCAR/EOL S-Pol, and the National Weather Service KFTG Radars. These wind field syntheses are obtained by combining the data from networked radars, such as these three radars in the Front Range Observational Network Testbed (FRONT). This is a good example of how these radars can be used to inexpensively collect data for research and educational interests while S-Pol and CHILL are stationed in their home bases.