The United States experiences over 1,000 tornado’s per year; causing an average of $5 billion in damage, 80 fatalities, and over 1,500 injuries. The most destructive and deadly tornados occur in supercells – rotating thunderstorms with a well-defined circulation called a mesocyclone. Collection and processing of in situ data pertaining to thermodynamic conditions in tornadic supercell thunderstorms is critical to enhancing severe weather forecasting and mitigating the destructive effects of these tornados.
Project Storm leverages the CU Boulder’s proven expertise and extensive capability in nomadic, integrated collection of real-time supercell data using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to better predict tornadogenesis and dramatically increase Tornado Warning lead-time. CU Boulder collaborates with an established network of government, academic, and industry partners to improve measurement and collection of supercell data. The CU Boulder Earth Lab works closely with IRISS to process and distribute datasets for improved tornado forecasting techniques.
Brian Argrow, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES), Director, Integrated Remote & In Situ Sensing (IRISS), Research & Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV), Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) | email@example.com | 303-492-5312
Brian Argrow, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES), University of Colorado Boulder
Mission-derived unmanned aircraft systems design, high-speed & hypersonic aerodynamics, dense gas dynamics, rarefied gas dynamics
Eric Frew, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES), University of Colorado Boulder
Networked heterogeneous unmanned aircraft systems, optimal distributed sensing by mobile robots, controlled mobility in ad-hoc sensor networks, miniature self-deploying systems, guidance and control of unmanned aircraft in complex atmospheric phenomena
Adam Houston, Assistant Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Atmospheric convection, mesoscale processes, severe weather, instrumentation, climate diagnostics
Chris Weiss, Associate Professor, Atmospheric Science, Texas Tech University
Severe storm dynamics and tornadogenesis, the initiation and sustenance of deep moist convection (particularly as related to High Plains drylines), radar meteorology
Eric Rasmussen, PhD, Meteorologist, National Severe Storms Laboratory
Mesoscale meteorology, severe convective storms, forecasting of storms, tornadogenesis
Josh Wurman, PhD, President, Center for Severe Weather Research
Tornadogenesis, tornado structure, hurricane boundary layers and surface wind damage, radar technology
Karen Kosiba, PhD, Researcher, Center for Severe Weather Research
Characterization of low-level wind structure in tornadoes, supercell storm dynamics, quantifying boundary layer winds in hurricanes
RECUV is a university, government, and industry partnership dedicated to development and application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Facilities include the Mobile Research Collaboratory (MRC), an indoor flying-robot lab, a systems-integration lab, ground-based LIDAR capability, and a fixed-wing and rotary-wing unmanned aircraft fleet integrated with a variety of sensors. RECUV also possesses the most expansive university network of FAA Certificates of Authorization (COAs), allowing UAS operation and research over more than 100,000 square miles of space in Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Alaska.
The Tempest UAS Airframe was designed by UASUSA in collaboration with CU Boulder’s RECUV for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Tornado Research Project VORTEX-2, and was integral to the 2014 Longmont, Colorado Start-up that develops UAS technology to apply to many of society’s greatest commercial, environmental, and scientific challenges for governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations.
Black Swift is a Boulder-based engineering firm, founded by CU Boulder Alumni, specializing in high capability small unmanned aircraft systems. Black Swift leverages a history of collaboration with CU-Boulder in UAS atmospheric research. With an array of in-house developed plug-and-play technologies, Black Swift provides a broad range of UAS support including Avionics and Ground Support, Customized User Interface, Airframe Selection and Integration, and Flight Management Software.
Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS)
Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group (USSRG)
University of Nebraska – Lincoln Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (UNL)
Texas Tech University National Wind Institute (NWI)
NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR)
University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)
(Frew, Argrow, Houston, Weiss, Isler, Song)
(Frew, Argrow, Houston, Weiss)
(NOAA, NSF, and 100 scientists and researchers from around the globe)