David Warde, Scientist/Researcher (CIMMS/NSSL)
B.S., Dual Major: Management Computer Information Systems/Computer Science, Park University, 2003
A.S., Electronic/Instrument, Regents College, 1997
Experience: Originally from Nebraska, David served in the United States Navy as Senior Chief Petty Officer Aviation Electronics Technician/Aircrewman. From 2003 to 2008, he worked as Radar Systems Engineer support contractor for the WSR-88D Radar Operations Center, where he designed hardware upgrades to the WSR-88D testbeds and provided support of signal processing enhancements to the NEXRAD operational system. He joined OU’s Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Studies in 2008.
What He Does: David is part of the Advanced Radar Techniques team within the Radar Research and Development Division of the National Severe Storms Laboratory. This group transfers new science to the National Weather Service (NWS) to improve the quality of the NEXRAD radar data which is useful for NWS forecasters and downstream automated processes. A recent transfer of new science to the NWS is the CLEAN-AP™ filter which automates the mitigation of ground clutter contamination from the radar data. The group also examines the possibilities of Multi-Function Phased Array Radar with the goal of providing better quality, coverage, accuracy, and timeliness of meteorological products.
Trivia: The ART group likens themselves to Star Wars Jedis – the first line of defense against poor radar data!