Airport control towers are not only busy places, but the technology they depend on must be continuously updated to keep the flying public safe. One of the most important technologies used by air controllers today is Dopplar radar, which can give the controllers much better information on area weather systems than older airport radar did.

At the Air Traffic Control Tower, visitors discover how to manipulate a demonstration model of the actual computer treminal currently used by control tower meteorologists. The selection of screen animations includes precipitation detected by the Dopplar radr and the development of a microburst in the vicinity of the airport.

There is much information available online at the website of the Research Applications Program (RAP), the NCAR program that organized the microburst project in 1985 and continues aviation hazards research investigations: go to http://www.rap.ucar.edu.

To read more about other aviation-related projects currently ongoing at RAP, click on http://www.rap.ucar.edu/research/index.html.