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EuroROSE Abstract

In the perspective of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) an important goal is to develop operational tools for those in charge of safety and regulation for coastal marine operations and constructions, as well as for the protection of the marine environment.

The EuroROSE project aims to develop such a tool to be used by vessel traffic services (VTS) operators, harbour and coastal managers, to monitor and predict significant met-ocean conditions with high time/spatial resolution in limited sea areas surrounding locations of dense and sensitive marine operations. This tool consists of three basic elements, each one well matured and proven:

  1. The high frequency radar systems which provide gridded coverage of wave spectra and currents within a distance from 2 - 40 km off shore and a resolution of 0.5 - 2 km.
  2. Navigational X-band radar systems which provide near field wave spectra and surface current averages for significant sub-areas (about 1 km2) within a range of 0.5 - 10 km.
  3. High resolution numerical models (less then 500 m) simulating and predicting all four classes of parameters in an area of about 40*40 km2. Such models already exist and there is need to assimilate spatial radar sensed data into the model parameter fields in order to improve their initial fields for the prediction of the next two days.
Nowadays the sea state variability are monitored by different in situ sensors (e.g. buoys) providing point measurements. To support the decision-making authorities additional model forecast information is provided on a coarse grid (about 5 km) and updated every 3-6 hours.

The primary objective of EuroROSE is the combination of fine mesh numerical models updated every hour and initialised with the actual radar measurements. These data will be connected to the VTS centres using the existing infra structures.

The methodology will be a combination of area covering remote sensed data and high resolution numerical forecast models including data assimilation, co-ordinated with the Vessel Traffic Services at ports and coastal monitoring centres. The system developed will be tested in a field experiment, and will also be validated from the scientific point of view.

The project emphasises active user interaction by involving potential users and system manufacturers as either partners or as members of an expert board engaged to oversee the project.


This work is supported by the European Commission DG XII within the MAST-3 programme, project EuroROSE, CT98-0168.
Comments to: gurgel@ifm.uni-hamburg.de (Klaus-Werner Gurgel)