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OK Advanced Digital Radar Techniques for the Next Generation of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Student Training The University of Oklahoma/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Space Technology and Science Mission Directorates

Dr. Mark Yeary, Science PI, University of Oklahoma

Lockheed WP-3D Orion at MacDill Air Force Base where several channels of the EcoSAR radar were mounted.

Dr. Mark Yeary and his EPSCoR-funded team at the University of Oklahoma is helping NASA better understand how and why our climate is changing. Yeary and his student researchers have partnered with engineers and scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to design “EcoSAR”, a new synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for taking ecological measurements. This new radar will map forest cover, above ground biomass, disturbance due to deforestation and logging, forest recovery, and wetland inundation, all contributing factors to Earth’s carbon cycle. These measurements directly support science requirements for the study of the carbon cycle and its relationship to climate change, recommended by the National Science Foundation’s Decadal Survey (2007) and highlighted in NASA’s Plan for a ClimateCentric Architecture (2010). This EPSCoR grant laid the foundation for the April 2014 opening of Oklahoma University’s new Radar Innovations Lab (RIL). The 35,000 square-foot facility is dedicated to the design and construction of radar systems. The RIL supports the efforts of the university’s Advanced Radar Research Center, one of the largest academic centers in the world, focused on innovations in radar science and engineering, Yeary’s EPSCoR-funded students gained hands-on experience in designing and conducting research-related experiments, thereby improving their transitioning from undergraduate to graduate research experiences. Dr. Yeary is collaborating with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS) to devise an airborne synthetic aperture radar experiment that can measure soil moisture levels in Sooner crop lands. The Survey maintains an extensive array of climatological information, operates Oklahoma’s world-class ecological measuring system, Mesonet, and hosts a wide variety of educational outreach and scientific research projects. www.nasa.gov/epscor/stimuli

Dr. Rafael Rincon, PhD, NASA Technical Monitor, Goddard Space Flight Center

Faculty from The University of Oklahoma are teaming with Goddard Space Flight Center to develop the Ecological Synthetic Aperture Radar (EcoSAR). This system makes challenging measurements related to Earth’s ecosystem structure such as wetlands, forests, and permafrost. The Science Investigator partners with Space Grant integrating this research into STEM pre-service teacher education using radar guns to teach velocity and speed. NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15

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EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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