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NWC Partners: Research & Development



Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC)

The lab at the ARRC’s Radar Innovation Laboratory (RIL). (Image courtesy: Advanced Radar Research Center website)

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)

(Image courtesy: Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms Facebook)

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.


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 Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO)

A research vehicle used in TORUS (Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells) by CIMMS researchers and collaborators to collect weather data. (Image credit: Christiaan Patterson; OU CIMMS/NOAA NSSL)

CIWRO provides a mechanism that links the scientific and technical resources of OU and NOAA together, to create a center of research for mesoscale meteorology, regional climate studies, and related subject areas. 

CIWRO scientists and students conduct research in mesoscale dynamics; radar research, development, and analysis; atmospheric electricity; severe storms; cloud microphysics; and boundary layer studies; with increasing emphasis in recent years on the climatic effects of and controls on mesoscale processes, the socioeconomic impact of such phenomena, and climate change monitoring and detection.


Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS)

A panoramic image of a thunderstorm on the plains. (Image courtesy: Oklahoma Climatological Survey Facebook)

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.


Oklahoma Mesonet

The Oklahoma Mesonet Tower located at the National Weather Center, flanked by sundog and the Sun. (Image courtesy: Mesonet Facebook)

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.


South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (South Central CASC)

South Central CASC's summer undergraduate interns perform field research in Texas in 2015. (Image courtesy: South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Facebook)

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.