NWC REU 2004
May 24 - July 31



The Bytheway Method for optimal radar beam scheduling in the CASA IP1a test bed

Janice Bytheway and Kevin Kloesel



The radars being prototyped by the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center - Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA-ERC), unlike the WSR-88D, will not complete a 360o scan for each measurement taken, and will include a Distributive Collaborative Adaptive Sensing (DCAS) feature. DCAS will attempt to allow the critical users of the radar data to choose which regions to sense and allow each radar to focus on particular meteorological phenomena of interest. In order to ensure that each end user receives the critical data necessary to make decisions during weather events that pose threats to life and property, an end user policy must be developed. This policy should account for end-user interests, as well as population density and strategic assets, such as military bases and ground truth verification instrumentation. Several such policies are being developed and will be tested in simulations as the CASA radar design process continues. The following paper details one such policy, which was subjectively tested against WSR-88D (KFDR) data from a tornadic event that occurred within the CASA Oklahoma test bed on May 24, 2004.

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