Stick-Net platforms. Photograph by: Kevin Walter

Welcome to the home page of the “Stick-Net” Project

NSF/IGERT and Atmospheric Science Group  field research initiative

             Students and faculty at Texas Tech University have developed a versatile, rapid-deployment, 2.5 m meteorological observing station. Affectionately dubbed “Stick-Net” for its resemblance to a stick figure, the Stick-Nets collect high-resolution meteorological data. The platforms are designed to be deployed in large numbers, in a short period of time (three minutes or less), and by a small number of people.

             The probes are extremely versatile and can be used for numerous field studies. The original project goal was to provide a large number of surface meteorological observations from the environment near supercell thunderstorms, however the probes can quickly be adapted to collect data in the hurricane environment as well. The Stick-Nets can be used in more benign weather conditions for studies regarding: drylines, urban wind flows, density currents, synoptic wind events, terrain induced flows, etc…

             The Stick-Net project began in the summer of 2005 with the design of two prototype systems. The original design was developed entirely by Wind Engineering students during a summer field laboratory. The two completed prototypes were tested in the spring of 2006 and modifications were made to the original platform. Construction of the first 10 probes was completed in time for the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season, along with the completion of the first transport trailer. Funding has been provided through several public and private sector sources. Currently 25 platforms are scheduled for operations by August 2007, with a final goal of 40 probes by 2008. For technical information on the probes please see the Platform Information section of the website. The project has been designed and implemented entirely by students from Wind Engineering and the Atmospheric Science Group.

 

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Prototype probe being deployed in June 2006. Photograph by: Ian Giammanco