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Oklahoma Schools Share $6 Million Award to Develop Weather Drones

The University of Oklahoma is one of four universities that are working together on an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that improve weather forecasting. The $6 million funding comes from the National Science Foundation over the next four years. 

The University of Oklahoma will be supporting this project through its established strengths in meteorology and radar engineering. Small UAS technology enables researchers to explore the region of the atmosphere immediately above the Earth’s surface called the atmospheric boundary layer.  OU has considerable experience in boundary layer meteorology and the addition of small UAS will considerably impact future studies. Additionally, OU will begin to explore the challenging question of how small UAS can be integrated into studying the impacts of climate change on our society. From an engineering side, this project will enable researchers at the University of Oklahoma to continue developing improved methods of detecting and tracking small UAS and efficiently communicating with these aircraft.

“I very am excited to be part of this project because if allows us to fundamentally demonstrate the value of using small UAS to monitor and investigate the lower atmosphere. This research has the potential to be a real game changer for meteorology and weather forecasting.” - Dr. Phil Chilson, professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology & Advanced Radar Research Center


SEJ's 25th Annual Conference, Norman, OK, Oct. 7-11, 2015

The Society of Environmental Journalists is the only North-American membership association of professional journalists dedicated to more and better coverage of environment-related issues. SEJ’s mission is to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.

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Dual-Pol Traing Course offered Fall 2015


*Are you a member of the National Weather Association? Save 10% on your registration, and earn five CEU credits toward your NWA Seal re-certification

The University of Oklahoma Office of Weather Programs & Projects is offering a training course in dual-polarization radar technology, using award-winning materials co-developed by The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and the Warning Decision Training Branch. This 20-hour Department of Commerce Gold Medal course consists of 12 hours of web-based distance learning and 8 hours of in-residence instruction using real-life weather scenarios. Much of this training is the same as that used by forecasters of the National Weather Service! NWA members save 10% on registration and earn 5 CEU credits toward NWA Seal re-certification.

Distance learning will begin in August, and an in-residence workshop will be held in conjunction with the NWA Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City this October. You will have the choice to attend one of two scheduled workshops for your in-residence portion: 1) Friday, October 16 (4-8 PM) & Saturday, October 17 (8 AM - NOON) OR 2) Wednesday, October 21 (4-8 PM) & Thursday, October 22 (8 AM - NOON). You will be contacted via e-mail for your preferred workshop dates after you register. *Please note: if the workshop capacity is not met, the workshop may be offered during only one of the above times.

NWA Member Reduced Rate: $450.00 Regular Rate: $500.00

**Please note that the registration fee does not include air, ground, meal or lodging expenses during the required hands-on workshop, in conjunction with the National Weather Association's Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. Non-NWA members are still encouraged to participate in the course.

To register, or for questions, contact Nicole at Space is limited!





Congratulations Lance Leslie and Mike Richman
on your paper co-authored by Hamish A. Ramsay titled Seasonal Tropical Cyclone Predictions Using Optimized Combinations of ENSO Regions: Application to the Coral Sea Basin reaching #1 in J Climate and #3 in all AMS Journals! We are so proud of you!

Click here for the link to the paper.

Dr. Yoshi Sasaki - 1927-2015

Dr. Yoshi Sasaki

Dr. Yoshi Sasaki, Professor Emeritus and a founder in the School of Meteorology passed away on March 12, 2015. 

Dr. Sasaki earned a Ph.D. in Science from Tokyo University in 1955. Born in Akita, Japan in 1927, Dr. Sasaki emigrated to the United States after World War II. He moved to the University of Oklahoma in 1960 to help found the OU meteorology program.  Dr. Sasaki holds numerous title and awards including the induction into the American Meteorological Society’s title of Honorary Member, the Fujiwara Award from the Meteorological Society of Japan, and was presented the “Order of the Sacred Treasure” by the Emperor of Japan and appointed as an Honorary Consul General of Japan. He held the title of George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus title at the University.

A memorial service is being planned and details will be provided once finalized. The college offers their deepest condolences to his wife, Koko, and their family. 


To see the full obituarary, click here (pdf).

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