March 24, 2013 to April 7, 2013
Project Location: 
Lincoln, NE
Project Description: 

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA DOW EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROJECT-3 :: UNDEO 3

Principal Investigator :: Dr. Adam Houston
Where :: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
When :: 24 March - 7 April 2013
Facility :: Doppler On Wheels

The University of Nebraska1 is requesting a 14-day on-campus deployment of a Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radar for classroom-instruction and hands-on experience with a cutting-edge radar system. The 3rd University of Nebraska DOW Education and Outreach (UNDEO-3) project has two principal objectives:

  1. Education: To provide undergraduate and graduate students in Radar Meteorology an opportunity to use a sophisticated research radar to collect data for student research projects
     
  2. Outreach: To exhibit a new and valuable platform in the NSF deployment pool to a broad audience of current and future scientists, members of the general public, and K-12 students.

Lessons learned during the first 2 UNDEO projects (2008, 2010) have been used to refine the project scope and learning strategies proposed here:

a. Education: The main goal of the education component of this project is to significantly advance student understanding of weather radar theory and application by enabling students to operate a cutting-edge research radar and analyze the data collected. The primary focus of the proposed project will be on the ~15 students enrolled in Radar Meteorology, a course for upper-level undergraduate majors and graduate students in the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) Meteorology-Climatology program of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Students in Radar Meteorology will be trained to operate the DOW and will use the DOW during at least one intensive operations period (IOP), executed somewhere in the US Central Plains, to collect data for use in student research projects that culminate in final term papers. Graduate students in the Meteorology-Climatology program who took a radar meteorology course as an undergraduate (~3-5 additional students) will also be invited to receive training in DOW operations. Students in Radar Meteorology will also attend a Q&A session administered by a Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) staff scientist. This Q&A session will be held during the Radar Meteorology class time and is designed to allow students to ask specific questions about the fleet of DOWs and DOW deployments. The CSWR staff scientist will also give a seminar to students and faculty of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

b. Outreach: The outreach component of UNDEO-3 will involve the exhibition of the DOW at 1) the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium (CPSWS) and 2) several Lincoln-area primary and secondary schools. The CPSWS, organized by Dr. Ken Dewey, targets a broad audience including members of the greater-Lincoln community and students and faculty from UNL. The CPSWS also attracts employees of the nearby NWS office in Omaha/Valley and the Air Force Weather Agency at Omaha’s Offutt AFB. Nearly 1,000 people attend the CPSWS each year.

Read the complete UNDEO 3 Facility Request

UNDEO 3 Final Report

The third University of Nebraska DOW Education and Outreach (UNDEO-3) project was conducted in the spring of 2013. UNDEO (in 2008), UNDEO-2 (in 2011), and UNDEO-3 were supported as “educational deployments” of the NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities. This support enabled a 14-day deployment of a Center for Severe Weather Research Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radar to meet the following two principal objectives: 

  1. Education: To provide undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Radar Meteorology an opportunity to use a sophisticated research radar to collect data for student research projects
  2. Outreach: To exhibit a valuable platform in the NSF deployment pool to a broad audience of current and future scientists, members of the general public, and K-12 students

Read the complete UNDEO 3 Final Report

UNDEO 3 Pictures