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NSSL engineer will receive NOAA 2010 Technology Transfer Award

NSSL's Dusan Zrnic has been awarded NOAA's 2010 Technology Transfer Award for developing a method that allows for faster updates of dual-polarized radar data without losing function and provides significant cost savings.

Dual-polarized radars provide more detailed information to diagnose severe weather events. The National Weather Service will upgrade all weather radars in late 2010 with this technology.

"The key is that on transmission, we can combine two electric fields - one is the field at horizontal polarization the other vertical. On reception, the two fields are automatically separated back into the horizontal and vertical polarizations and we can obtain the most important polarimetric variables," said Zrnic. "Another benefit besides significant cost savings is that all the algorithms developed for the WSR-88D can run without having to retrofit or reprogram the radar to use the technique."

The NOAA Technology Transfer Award recognizes technology that is developed within NOAA and transferred outside the bureau to American industry or business, universities, state or local governments, or other non-Federal parties.

These esteemed award recipients will be honored at a ceremony to be held in the NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring, Maryland on Thursday, October 28, 2010.