NSSL to host second national symposium on MPAR

“Moving Forward with Risk Reduction for Cost Effective Service Improvements” is the theme for the second symposium to be hosted by NSSL on the latest developments in Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR). The symposium will be held November 17-19, 2009 at the National Weather Center (NWC) in Norman, Okla., and is sponsored by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology.

Formal presentations, senior-level panel discussions and exhibits of the latest phased array radar technology are scheduled. Panels of invited speakers from government, academia, and the commercial sector will be offered with ample opportunities for discussion.

The symposium aims to advance the state of MPAR research and development with a review of MPAR risk-reduction implementation strategies and a discussion of MPAR multi-functionality with respect to air surveillance, air traffic management, weather, and chemical or biological release monitoring. The symposium will review the progress of MPAR-related research and development, and explore the challenges and next steps to deliver a cost-effective phased array radar capability. The social and economic benefits offered through the use of phased array radar technology will also be discussed.

Background: Our Nation’s legacy radar systems are aging and will need replacement. MPAR offers the most significant new technological capability to address both current and anticipated radar needs and gaps, as well as a single technological pathway. Its versatility and adaptive scanning capability addresses a wide array of national surveillance needs, both for weather and aircraft.

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