Development Projects

EOL provides high-level engineering and technical expertise, mechanical design, and fabrication to support the atmospheric research community. By working closely with the scientific community, EOL actively develops new technologies and seeks opportunities to stay abreast of emerging trends, technologies, and applications in order to improve our measurement capabilities.

Current Major Development Projects

Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR)

Major advances in radar technology have paved the way for the development of an Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) system that can provide unprecedented detailed observations of the dynamics and microphysics of high-impact storms such as hurricanes and mesoscale convective systems. The APAR currently under design by NCAR/EOL consists of four removable C-band Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA) mounted on the top, both sides, and the cargo door of the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft.

LOwer Troposphere Observing System (LOTOS)

LOTOS is a proposed sensor network to sample the atmospheric boundary layer and land-atmosphere interface, and will be a transportable integrated network of up to five nodes, each consisting of a suite of profiling instruments surrounded by up to fifteen flux measuring towers.