Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Develop NEXRAD radar data 3D visualization service"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
computer graphics, cyberinfrastructure
Project Description:
The National Weather Surveillance Next Generation Weather Radar system (NEXRAD) provides high spatial and temporal resolution 3D data on a continuous basis. Despite the availability of 3D information in the new generation of radar data, this data is most commonly displayed today as 2D images, simple 3D point clouds, or iso-surfaces. The resulting images provide limited information about the movement of the frontal systems, as viewed on web-sites such as, The RCAC researchers, in collaboration with Computer Graphics Technology faculty and EAS faculty, have developed a 3D visualization system to provide much improved 3D visualization of the real-time radar data, including all stations in the U.S. This project seeks to improve the performance of the visualization and develop a web service framework to make this capability available to a wide range of applications.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will make changes in data handling to the current radar visualization application to improve the performance. He/she will also add web services to the current application.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
GPA 3.6 or above in programming courses; experience with Java, JNI, C, and web services.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 4 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Song, Xiaohui
rosen center for advanced computing

Student Supervisor

Carol Song
Senior Research Scientist

Cooperating Faculty

Matthew Huber