July 13, 2017 to July 23, 2017
Project Location: 
College Station, Texas
Funding Type: 
NSF Funded
Project Description: 
Texas A&M University Student Operational ADRAD Project (TAMU-SOAP)

Principle Investigators: Courtney Schumacher, Don Conlee, Chris Nowotarski
Where: Texas A&M University
When: 13-23 July 2017
Facility: CSWR Doppler on Wheels


Texas A&M University (TAMU) requested a 10-day deployment of the Rapid-Scan Doppler on Wheels (DOW8) mobile radar from 13-23 July 2017 in College Station and Galveston, TX to support a summer observations-based high-impact learning course open to TAMU undergraduate students called the Student Operational ADRAD Project (SOAP), a field study conducted as part of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, and to promote local outreach events.

While the core of this educational request was to train students in mobile-radar observations, we tailored the use of DOW8 to the unique observational opportunities of the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast by collecting rapid-scan observations of developing and deep convection triggered by either the sea-breeze front or onshore flow. Rapid scanning of convection has typically been focused on the low levels of tornadic supercells, but there are many aspects of more typical convective cells that can be better analyzed and described with very rapid and repeated scanning. Each deployment and scan strategy was student planned and executed while ancillary observations such as balloon launches and ozone monitoring were also performed by the students.