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Radar Data Quality Control and Assimilation


National Severe Storms Laboratory

opportunity location
26.76.00.B6864 Norman, OK 73072


name email phone
Qin Xu 405.325.6180


Sponsored by multigovernment agencies, a multifunction phased-array radar (MPAR) has been constructed at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. This establishes the first National Weather Radar Testbed (NWRT) equipped with the solid-state phased-array antenna. The electronically scanning MPAR without rotating antenna can provide unique beam agility and faster volume scan rate comparing to the operational WSR-88D radars. One of NWRT’s research goals is to optimally design and utilize the electronically-controlled agile beam scans for various meteorological applications. This includes assimilating phased-array radar observations into mesoscale models to improve numerical analyses and predictions of severe storms and other hazardous weather conditions. Important and challenging mission-oriented research opportunities exist in two areas: (1) exploring how to optimize phased-array scans to take full advantage of phased-array rapid and flexible scan capabilities in terms of maximizing information content from radar observations for data assimilation; and (2) developing advanced radar data quality control and assimilation techniques to improve numerical weather predictions in operational environments.



Xu Q, Wei L, Nai K: Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 136: 451, 2010

Xu Q, et al: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 28: 50, 2011


key words
Radar data quality control and assimilation; Numerical weather prediction; Phased-array radar scan optimization;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$60,000.00 $3,000.00

$24,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Electrical Engineering

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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