October 12, 2014 to November 15, 2014
Project Location: 
Greeley, CO
Project Description: 
Northern Colorado Front Range Doppler on Wheels (FR-DOW) Educational Project

Principal Investigator :: Wendilyn Flynn
Where :: University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
When :: 12 October - 15 November 2014
Facility :: Doppler on Wheels (DOW)

 

Overview

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) requests the Doppler on Wheels (DOW), operated by the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR), for up to 5 ad-hoc daily deployments and 1 educational/outreach tour during the 2014 Fall Semester. The primary goals of the Front Range Doppler on Wheels (FR-DOW) project and tour are to provide upper-level undergraduate students in meteorology a hands-on experience in data collection and analysis with a state-of-the-art radar system, and to allow nonmeteorology majors enrolled in introductory meteorology courses a glimpse into the world of current meteorological research through NSF-supported instrumentation. This is the first such request initiated by UNC, which has recently applied to become a UCAR Member institution, and requests in future years will be guided and refined based on experiences gained in this venture.

Educational Objectives

The primary focus for educational activities is to provide a field experience for students enrolled in Radar and Satellite Meteorology (MET 465) that will enhance their understanding of radar theory and application through data collection and analysis, culminating in a final project. Radar and Satellite Meteorology is a junior-level course for undergraduates, which requires a background in calculus, physics, and physical meteorology. This course has recently been redesigned to incorporate more rigorous material in the fundamentals of radar theory and interpretation of radar imagery, and a project involving data collection and analysis is an ideal complement to the content of course lectures. 6 undergraduates are currently enrolled in this course. An additional 3-5 undergraduates and 1 graduate student in the meteorology program within the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will be invited to participate. These students will be trained in DOW operation in order to assist with data collection on deployments. All participating students will be strongly encouraged to pursue further analysis of data collected during FR-DOW as part of a (non-required) senior research project.

>> Read the complete FR DOW Facility Request

>> Read the FR DOW Summary Report