MIRSL Participates in new tornado study: VORTEX-SE

MIRSL is participating in the 2016 Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment -- Southeast (VORTEX-SE) sponsored by NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory.  During March and April 2016, MIRSL is deploying two mobile radar systems to northern Alabama to study the environment both leading up to and during severe weather outbreaks that can produce tornadoes.  MIRSL is partnering with the Purdue University Department of Earth Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences in this project. 

The two mobile radars include a polarimetric Doppler weather radar that volumetrically samples storms that pass within 60 km of its deployment site and a continuous frequency-modulated radar that collects vertical profiles of the atmospheric boundary layer throughout the experiment period.  Further detail on the radar instrumentation is available here.  Current and past radar observations for VORTEX-SE are available here.

Two Student Paper Prize Winners at 2016 AMS Annual Meeting

Two students won best paper awards during the recent 96th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans, LA.  Sheila Werth presented "Evaluating Parameters for Species-Based Classification of Bird Radar Echoes for Wind Energy Site Assessment" in the Seventh Conference on Weather, Climate, Water and the New Energy Economy.  Her paper won Best Oral Presentation in the student paper competition.  Aditya Nagarajan presented "On Learning Patterns Between GPS Derived Precipitable water fields and Radar Reflectivity Fields” which won Second

Prof. Siqueira joins Science Definition Team on $600-Million NASA NISAR Mission

 Prof. Paul Siqueira is one of 15 scientists selected by NASA to serve on the Science Definition Team of a $600-million collaborative mission between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In a meeting in Toronto on September 30, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of ISRO, signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.

MIRSL Reunion: Columbus Day Weekend 2014

Announcing a MIRSL reunion "The First Ten Years"  this October 12, 2014.  Please join us!  Tentative agenda is MIRSL tour, meet and greet with current students, and lunch around noon, afternoon softball game, dinner at Bub's BBQ, and ...  We hope to see many, or at least a few, graduates from the 80's and 90's, but all MIRSL alumni are welcome.  See the Facebook page for

Phased-array Weather Radar Deployed in Texas

  MIRSL students Krzsystof Orzel and Izzy Masiunas have deployed the first X-band phased-array weather radar atop an engineering bulding on the campus of the University of Texas, Arlington.  This radar is currently operating from this vantage point until June to observe severe weather concurrent with ongoing operations of CASA's Dallas/Fort Worth Urban Network.  Comparisons of the phased-array's measure

Moble X-band radar deployed to Dallas/Ft Worth for tornado season

 MIRSL's X-band polarimetric mobile Doppler radar, X-Pol, has been deployed to the Dallas/Ft Worth area to serve as a temporary node in CASA's Dallas/Ft Worth Urban Testbed. It is deployed at the site of a future CASA radar to be installed in June 2014. In the interim, the X-Pol radar will provide needed coverage of the western sector of the network as several major events are planned in the Dallas Ft Worth Area, including the NCAA Final Four, during the Spring 2014 tornado season.

Congratulations to Rafael Medina

Congratulations go to Dr. Rafael Medina who successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Beam Steering Control System for Low Cost Phased Array Weather Radars:  Design and Calibration Techniques" on December 10, 2013.  We wish him best of luck in his new career, and best wishes to all for a Happy Holiday.

Yang Lei's poster a winner

Congratulations to MIRSL student Yang Lei who won Second Prize in the 2013 ECE Departmental PhD Poster Session held on Friday October 18th.  Yang's poster was entitled "Forest Stand Height Inversion using Spaceborne Repeat-pass L-band  INSAR Correlation."  Yang is pursuing his PhD under the supervsion of Prof. Paul Siqueira.  Nice work!

Another win at AMS Radar Meteorology Conference

Congratulations to Rob Palumbo who won the Best Student Oral Presentation at the 36th AMS Conference on Radar Meteorology held in Breckenridge, Colorado 16-20 September 2013.  Rob's paper was entitled "Polarimetric Observations of Prescribed Bushfires in South Australia using an X-band Phased Array Radar" and was co-authored by W. Al-Ashwal, D. Gray, S.J. Frasier, D.J. McLaughlin, E.J. Knapp, B. Ferguson, and C.P.

MIRSL graduate caught on camera at JPL visit

MIRSL graduate Dragana Perkovic-Martin (Ph.D. 2008) was recently photographed during a vist by NASA administrator Charles Bolden to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA to learn about upcoming Earth-observing missions.  Dragana is working on the RapidScat mission which will attach a radar to the International Space Station for monitoring global ocean surface winds. 

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