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Vehicle and Instrument Teams

Information about the vehicles and instruments mentioned below may be found here. Information about the scientific objectives of the various instruments may be found here.

Field Command Vehicle
David Dowell - NCAR
Erik Rasmussen – Rasmussen Systems
VORTEX2 Operations Center (VOC)
SMART-R vehicles and researchers
Lou Wicker - NSSL
Mike Coniglio - NSSL
SMART-R1, SMART-R2
Mike Biggerstaff – OU
Conrad Ziegler – NSSL
Ted Mansell - NSSL
CIRPAS – MWR-05XP (X-band phased array)
Howie Bluestein – University of Oklahoma
Ivan Popstefanija (ProSensing)
Bob Bluth (CIRPAS/Naval Postgraduate School)
DOW 6,7, Rapid-Scan DOW
Josh Wurman – CSWR
Karen Kosibas – CSWR (Purdue)
UMASS W and X-Pol
UMASS-W radar
Howie Bluestein – OU
Steve Frasier – UMASS
NO-XP
Don Burgess - CIMMS
TTU Ka
Chris Weiss - TTU
Photogrammetry/Damage surveys
Nolan Atkins, - Lyndon State
Roger Wakimoto - NCAR
Mobile mesonets
Paul Markowski - PSU
Yvette Richardson – PSU
David Sills (Environment Canada)
Neil Taylor (Environment Canada)
StickNets
Mobile mesonet with student researchers
Chris Weiss - TTU
Particle Probes (disdrometer)
Glen Romine – University of Illinois
Terry Schuur - NSSL
Katja Friedrich - CU
Jerry Straka - OU
UAV
Brian Argrow - CU
Adam Houston – University of NE - Lincoln
Erik Rasmussen – Rasmussen Systems
Jerry Straka - OU
Soundings (MGAUS)
Matt Parker - NCSU
George Bryan – NCAR
NOAA/ESRL (Forecasting)
Curtis Alexander (ESRL)
Stan Benjamin (ESRL)
Tracy Lorraine-Smith (ESRL)
Steve Weygandt (ESRL)
Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms, University of Oklahoma (Forecasting)
Keith Brewster (CAPS)
Jidong Gao (CAPS)
Kevin Thomas (CAPS)
Ming Xue (CAPS)