Aviation safety has improved dramatically since RAL’s discovery of low-level wind shear, once responsible for hundreds of airplane fatalities. Our research engineered ways to detect and convey this hazardous phenomenon, as well as develop training materials instructing pilots when to steer clear. But our aviation safety work wasn’t finished. Further research found ways to discern and address other hazards that threaten aviation safety. Diagnosing and predicting turbulence, icing, visibility, and thunderstorms give air traffic controllers and airlines valuable planning windows, as well as the decision-making tools to avoid these hazards.

Focus Areas of Research

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Ceiling and Visibility

Understanding and Forecasting a Critical Barrier to Aviation Safety and Terminal Efficiency
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Convective Weather - Aviation

Improving short-term forecasting of storm hazards affecting aviation
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Convective Wind Shear

Wind Shear Detection and Alerting
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Dissemination

The Dissemination of Weather Conditions is of Critical Importance to Maintain Aircraft Operations and Levels of Service
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En Route Weather

Prediction of significant weather impacts on operations
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Icing - Inflight, Ground, and Engine

Providing operational, high-resolution, accurate diagnoses and forecasts of aircraft icing conditions
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International Aviation Weather System

Modernizing Aviation Weather Systems Worldwide
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Model Development and Enhancement

Using numerical modeling to bridge the gap in skill represented in weather forecast techniques
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NextGen Surface Observation Capability

Assessing the FAA's Sensor Network for Its Readiness To Support The NextGen Initial Operating Capability
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Oceanic/Remote Weather

Developing Short-Term Forecast Products of Convective Storms Over Oceanic Regions
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Radar Algorithm Development

Utilitze Weather Radar Data to Support the detection and prediction of Aviation hazards
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Satellite Applications

Meteorolgical Satellite Data To Enhance Understanding of Atmospheric Processes and Applications
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Terminal Area Weather

Providing accurate, timely weather information to aviation decision makers
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Terrain–Induced Wind Shear and Turbulence

Algorithms designed to alert pilots to turbulence
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Turbulence

Predicting turbulence using operational numerical prediction models
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Weather Guidance for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Hazard Detection and Forecasting Capabilities
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Weather Integration Into Decision Making

Optimizing Air Traffic Management Requires Automated Decision Support Tools That Integrate Probabilistic Weather Information
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Weather Observations and Improvement

Extreme Conditions Make the Perfect Testbed

Contact

Please direct questions/comments about this page to:

Matthias Steiner

Director, Aviation Applications Program

303-497-2720

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