WDT Scientists Develop Research Project for Undergraduate Students

February 24, 2017 by Dr. Richard Carpenter
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WDT meteorologists Dr. Richard Carpenter, Dr. Chris Porter, and Noah Lock recently developed a research project for undergraduate students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO), located in Chickasha, Oklahoma. The project involves the estimation of precipitation using a variety of observational platforms: rain gauge, radar, and satellite. It’s a difficult problem because, while each of the sources of information are generally quite accurate (particularly so for gauges and radar), they suffer from various limitations. For instance, gauges will not report accurately in freezing conditions, while radar beams can be blocked by terrain or significantly overshoot surface locations in between radars.

Read SkyWise MetStormDr. Quan Tran, Associate Professor of Mathematics at USAO, is using this project in his course this year. The goal of PIC Math - Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences courses like this is to engage students with mathematical research problems that come directly from businesses, industry and/or government. Students enrolled in the course present the results of their research at national mathematics conferences.

The figure below shows radar-based estimates (in millimeters) on a 250-m grid overlaid with rain gauge measurements (small circles). The data have been provided to the students, who will use it to research data analysis and error minimization techniques. 

Radar Data and Rain GaugesFor more information about WDT’s real-time, high-resolution precipitation estimates, see WDT and MetStat Introduce Collaborative Effort: SkyWise MetStorm.

Dr. Richard Carpenter

Dr. Richard Carpenter is WDT’s Chief Scientist, having joined WDT in 2000 as a co-founder. His expertise is in the areas of numerical weather prediction, wind energy forecasting, aviation and marine weather, mesoscale and microscale weather, high-performance computing, and related system development. Dr. Carpenter earned a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, in 1985, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 and 1994, respectively. Prior to joining WDT, he was a senior research scientist with the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) at OU. He is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (American Meteorological Society) and has taught university-level courses in meteorology. He has authored or coauthored six refereed journal articles and more than 25 conference papers, and holds one patent.