Applications of Coastal Radars for Monitoring the Coastal Zone
Presented at the EUROMAR Workshop'99
University of Hamburg, Institute of Oceanography,
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||Applications of Coastal Radars for Monitoring the Coastal Zone
Coastal radars for monitoring the coastal zone have been developed for
some 20 years taking advantage of improved electronics and computer techniques.
The term 'Coastal Radar' is normally connected to High-Frequency (HF) radars
which use ground-wave propagation to remotely sensing ocean surface currents
and sea state over large areas. In a broader sense, also microwave radars
operated from the coast can be called 'Coastal Radars'. Microwave radars
have the advantage of simple installation, but do not cover the large
areas as possible with HF radars. As many applications need forecast
information, these 'Coastal Radars' can be used to measure maps of surface
current and wave spectra, which then are assimilated into models.
last update 14-Jul-2000