OU, French cooperation advances international meteorological research – FOX23 News


The University of Oklahoma and research universities in France have signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate cooperation between scientists to advance observations and studies of the atmosphere and radar technologies that will improve weather, climate and air quality forecasts around the world.

The agreement brings together radar and meteorology experts from the University of Oklahoma through its Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) and the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences with scientists from the Atmospheres, Space Observations Laboratory (LATMOS) , a French research laboratory of the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris-Saclay University, Sorbonne University, National Center for Scientific Research and National Institute for Sciences of the Universe.

The cooperation agreement facilitates collaboration through visiting professor programs and joint student programs such as summer schools on radar technologies, international exchange programs and supervision of doctoral students.

LATMOS specializes in the study of the fundamental physico-chemical processes governing terrestrial and planetary atmospheres and their interfaces with the surface, the ocean and the interplanetary environment. LATMOS has developed expertise in the construction of innovative instruments deployed from the ground and sometimes put into orbit or set off to meet other bodies in the solar system.

“Strengthening our collaboration with the ARRC through student and exchange programs is a key step in training new scientists and engineers to lead the developments of the next generations of radars dedicated to observing our atmosphere,” said François Ravetta, director of LATMOS.

The ARRC at OU is the largest university radar program in the United States and is an innovation leader in radar systems, scientific algorithms, and radio frequency components. ARRC Executive Director Robert Palmer said the agreement with LATMOS scientists “will allow for deep collaboration in these areas, and new ones we haven’t even thought of yet, with the most prestigious universities. of France.

“I have long hoped to broaden the international experience of our students and faculty, and this agreement paves the way to that goal,” he added.

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