HMT is pleased to have Haonan Chen join the research team at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Radar and Communications Group at Colorado State University (CSU).
Haonan earned his bachelor's degree in Communication Engineering and graduated "with high distinction" from Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, in 2010. He came to the United States to pursue advanced education at CSU. His main interest is on the area of weather radar remote sensing (specializing in radar quantitative precipitation estimation). He completed an M.S. degree this spring (under the supervision of Prof. V. Chandrasekar), where he studied the high-resolution rainfall estimation methodology for an X-band dual-polarization radar network developed by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF-ERC) for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA). Haonan is now continuing his radar network research, working toward a PhD.
HMT has been collaborating with the Radar Group at Colorado State University to evaluate different radar quantitative precipitation estimation methodologies. The objective of this work is to evaluate and develop optimal rainfall products based on the state-of-the-art in the radar quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) research. Haonan is one of the participants on this project. He is currently investigating a multi-sensor precipitation estimation methodology in the HMT-West Russian river domain. The main goal is to understand and characterize the integration of rainfall measurements from different sensors such as radar and rain gauges. Haonan has been participating in HMT activities since 2012.