Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA).
Engineers from UMass traveled to the University of Oklahoma to begin the assembly and installation of CASA's first end-to-end systems test bed. Pictured here are the four radars at NOAA's National Severe Storms Lab garage ready for assembly. See the IP1A (Oklahoma Test Bed) blog for the latest.
CASA's new system is called DCAS for Distributed Collaborative Adaptive Sensing networks. Distributed refers to the use of large numbers of small radars, appropriately spaced to overcome the Earth-curvature blockage that limits current approaches. The radars operate collaboratively within a dynamic information technology infrastructure, adapting to changing atmospheric conditions in a manner that meets competing end user needs.