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NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) researches ways to observe and predict severe weather to save lives and reduce economic loss. NSSL scientists and engineers work to understand the causes of severe weather and explore innovative ways to use that knowledge to improve forecasts and warnings. NSSL transfers scientific understanding, applications, and techniques to decision-makers to support a Weather-Ready Nation.

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The National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office prepares and disseminates life-saving warnings, watches and advisories for all types of hazardous weather conditions affecting 48 counties in central, western and southern Oklahoma and eight counties in western north Texas. In addition to providing services to protect life and property, the office also produces a wide variety of forecasts, and collects and disseminates climatological and hydrologic data and observations. The office is part of the Southern Region of the National Weather Service. Meteorologists are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The Storm Prediction Center provides hazardous weather forecasts including critical tornado and severe thunderstorm watches for the contiguous United States. The SPC also monitors heavy rain, heavy snow and fire weather events across the U.S. and issues specific national products for those hazards. Part of the National Weather Service’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction, SPC meteorologists are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The NEXRAD Radar Operations Center provides centralized meteorological, computer software, maintenance, and engineering support for all 158 NEXRAD (WSR-88D) radar systems deployed worldwide. Supported by the Departments of Commerce, Transportation and Defense, the ROC is responsible for modifying and enhancing the WSR-88D systems during their operational life to address changing requirements, technology advances and improved understanding of the application of these systems to real-time weather operations. The ROC also operates and maintains WSR-88D test systems for the development of hardware and software upgrades to enhance system reliability, maintenance, operation and provide new functionality. The facility maintains a 24 hour, seven days a week help desk that assists radar sites with technical support. The ROC also provides or arranges for depot-level maintenance support for field sites. The ROC was established in 1987.

The Warning Decision Training Division develops and delivers training on the integrated elements of the warning process within a National Weather Service forecast office. Part of the National Weather Service Training Division, the WDTD training activities provide basic and advanced WSR-88D operator proficiency, with an emphasis on the integrated data environment, warning methodology and situational awareness. Established in 1989, the WDTD’s goal is to increase expertise among NWS personnel in order to better serve the public in warning situations.

U.S. Geological Survey provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Their scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes.

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The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences (AGS) offers undergraduate and graduate programs across four disciplines - Geography, Geographic Information Science, Environmental Sustainability and Meteorology. training, research and development, and extension and outreach. AGS faculty, staff, students and graduates are internationally recognized for their contributions to the knowledge of the environmental systems that manifest in weather and climate, the interdependencies between societies and their natural environments, and the transition to a sustainable civilization. AGS programs are housed in the National Weather Center and Sarkeys Energy Center on the University of Oklahoma campus.

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The School of Meteorology (SoM) is the nation’s largest meteorology program with over 300 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The nationally ranked program gives students the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work in one the fastest-growing and most-influential career fields.


Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC): The ARRC is involved in many aspects of radar research applied to studies of the atmosphere. Topics range from sophisticated radar signal processing to precipitation microphysical studies.


Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS): The CAPS mission is to develop and demonstrate techniques for the numerical analysis and prediction of high-impact local weather and environmental conditions, with emphasis on the assimilation of observations from Doppler radars and other advanced in-situ and remote sensing systems.

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Center for Spatial Analysis (CSA): CSA is a multidisciplinary university research center specializing in the study and application of geospatial science and technology.


Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS): CIMMS provides a mechanism to link the scientific and technical resources of the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a center of research excellence in mesoscale meteorology, regional climate studies, and related subject areas.

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Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS): OCS was established in 1980 to provide climatological services to the people of Oklahoma, conduct research on the impacts of climate on human activities, and serve as a support facility for the State Climatologist. OCS has a legislative mandate to acquire, process, and disseminate climate and weather data and information for use by the state's citizens.

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Oklahoma Mesonet: The Oklahoma Mesonet consists of over 100 automated observing stations that continuously monitor numerous important weather and soil variables. The Oklahoma Mesonet Program is administered jointly by the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.


Office of Weather Programs and Projects (OWPP): OWPP is a university research center dedicated to the transfer of meteorological knowledge present in the Weather Sphere to national and international applied meteorological projects. OWPP’s main focus areas include hydro-meteorological modernization feasibility studies and meteorological educational programs. Additionally, OWPP provides connections to key Weather Sphere experts for developing project opportunities.

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South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (South Central CASC): The South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is a partnership between the US Geological Survey and a consortium of seven member institutions consisting of the University of Oklahoma (OU), Texas Tech University (TTU), Louisiana State University (LSU), the Chickasaw Nation (CN), the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO), Oklahoma State University (OSU), and the University of New Mexico. The consortium has broad expertise in the physical, biological, natural, and social sciences to address impacts of climate change on land, water, fish and wildlife, ocean, coastal, and cultural resources. To learn more, visit