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OU Receives $1.4 Million Grant for Wildfire Research

The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma has received $1.4 million to conduct research into mitigating the impacts of wildfires across the country. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is part of a $34 million national initiative to improve the understanding ...
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A photo of Team OKC shortly after winning an award at the world championship.

CIWRO scientists empower teens in robotics competitions

By day, Travis Smith leads a team of meteorologists working to improve the quality of warnings for severe convective weather events. By night, he leads a team of teen engineers building robots to engage their community and play a fierce game of basketball. Smith is a senior research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO). With nearly ...
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WBAL-TV 11 Morning Meteorologist Ava Marie goes through the process of drawing up a warning using WarnGen for a simulated event that occurred April 26

Broadcasters Sit in the Warning Hot Seat Through OU and National Weather Service Pilot Project

Broadcast meteorologists in the Baltimore, Washington, and Charlottesville, Va, television markets recently participated in a pilot program to demonstrate a new kind of training simulation on issuing severe weather warnings. National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists Erik Taylor and Chris Strong from the Baltimore/Washington forecast office, visited the TV stations and guided the broadcasters through a simulation ...
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Scientists hope research will enhance wildfire forecasting

Wildfires burn through nearly 6.9 million acres in the United States each year, putting 4.5 million homes at extreme or high risk, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Researchers are hoping to save lives by improving forecasting tools for these dangerous fires that plague mostly the West and Southwest United States. Thomas Jones, a research scientist at the Cooperative ...
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Weather drones to measure atmosphere ahead of summer storms in Oklahoma, Texas

Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma will embark on a new field study this summer to collect lower atmospheric observations prior to severe thunderstorms. The project, Oklahoma UAS Targeted Flights for Low-level Observations of Weather (OUTFLOW), will concentrate on portions of northern and western Oklahoma and ...
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Ebone Smith facilitates a conversation with focus group participants on extreme heat in Oklahoma City. | Ebone Smith works at the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center recruitment table at the Senior Center in Oklahoma City.

Graduate Assistantship Recipient Explores Effects of Extreme Heat on Communities

Two years ago, Ebone Smith set out to study the social impacts of extreme heat and provide solutions to an Oklahoma community. But to her surprise, encouragement and resilience go both ways. Partners and collaborators in northeastern Oklahoma City have infused the University of Oklahoma student’s research with hope and a vision for her career. Smith is the first recipient of the Research to Transform Diversity ...
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