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University of Oklahoma Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms Awarded Grants Totaling $3 Million

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

University of Oklahoma Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms Awarded Grants Totaling $3 Million

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The University of Oklahoma Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms has been awarded three separate grants totaling $3 million from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

The grants include $2 million designated for OU researchers.

Individually, the grants will focus on enhancing severe weather prediction, improving wildfire management and prediction and advancing the understanding and prediction of tropical cyclones, including hurricanes. All three grants are led by Ming Xue, director of the center and a professor in OU's School of Meteorology.

The first grant is for a project titled "Collaborative Research: Enabling Petascale Ensemble-based Data Assimilation for the Numerical Analysis and Prediction of High-Impact Weather." The project will enable scientists and weather forecasters to use next- generation supercomputers to determine the current state of the atmosphere and predict, in real time, high-impact weather, including thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes.

The four-year grant is a multi-institution collaboration involving OU, Oklahoma State University and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, with OU acting as the lead organization. The total funding from NSF is $1.2 million, with $900,000 coming to OU.

The second grant will fund a project titled "Collaborative Research: CDI-Type II: Integrated Weather and Wildfire Simulation and Optimization for Wildfire Management." Xue and other researchers will develop new models and computation methods that integrate weather prediction, wildfire simulation and data assimilation in ways that are optimal for effective wildfire response management, something that has never been done before. …

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