The Engineering Research Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, or CASA, is big in north central Texas, where of course Texans like things big. CASA has generated a front-page article in the Dallas Morning News (morning news article) and additional features in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (star-telegram.html), Cleburne Times (times curve; times system), Joshua Star (Star 22828739), and the City of Arlington website (casa-radar). Just for good measure, CASA was covered on the National Science Foundation Discoveries site (nsf.gov.click). But perhaps the most informative piece on CASA was a marketing video produced by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and local TV meteorologists to promote the CASA project (gdata player).
CASA’s revolutionary weather-tracking radar system is now being tested in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area. The CASA radars provide high-resolution, near-surface views of hazardous weather events such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, and flooding and allow emergency managers to broadcast faster, more accurate, more targeted storm warnings and forecasts to the public.
“The first of eight CASA radars, installed last October at the University of Texas at Arlington, is now sending out live data to a group of emergency managers for evaluation whenever severe weather approaches the DFW metroplex,” explained CASA Innovation Manager and Industrial Liaison Officer Apoorva Bajaj.
CASA’s radars promise to have a major impact on weather-related hazards, including loss of life, damage to property, and severe economic disruption due to tornadoes, ice storms, and flash flooding. Extreme weather in 2011 resulted in at least 922 deaths and more than $70 billion in total economic losses across the U.S.
Bajaj noted that “As has been the case historically with CASA, there is a large uptick in media coverage as we enter severe weather season, and now, since we are in DFW, there is even more media interest.” (April 2013)