Milestone ViSE: S3.a Demonstration at GEC9 and Experimenter Outreach

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  • The foundation of better weather forecasting is better data. Scientists in CASA, an NSF Engineering Research Center, are studying experimental radar systems that comprise dense networks of small, controllable radars. These networks supplement and enhance NEXRAD by accurately sensing conditions close to ground where inclement weather often occurs. As a driving example, we show data from CASA's off-the-grid student testbed in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Last July, the testbed successfully detected the severe windstorms that delayed the Central American Games earlier than otherwise possible, which also enabled earlier warnings. As a result of their accuracy, these systems produce vast amounts of streaming data from a multitude of geographically disparate sites. To be useful at scale, especially in time-critical situations, this data must quickly flow to processing centers that merge it to execute complex forecasting algorithms that predict the movements of weather patterns in real-time. Since inclement weather is rare, maintaining dedicated network/computing resources is a significant barrier to deployment at scale. This demonstration highlights an array of GENI technologies to remove this barrier, by experimenting with the execution of radar workflows and forecasting algorithms, developed by CASA scientists, on GENI and cloud networks that also include computing and sensing resources reserved on-demand.
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