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Applications of WERA within the EuroROSE Project
Presented at the Radiowave Oceanography Workshop 2001
Klaus-Werner Gurgel , H.-H. ESSEN and T. SCHLICK
University of Hamburg, Institute of Oceanography,
Tropolwitzstrasse 7, D-22529 Hamburg, Germany.
AbstractEuropean Radar Ocean Sensing (EuroROSE) is a EU-funded project, bringing together 6 partners from 4 European countries. The main objective is the development of a transportable methodology for monitoring and forecasting waves and currents in limited areas (typical extent 40 by 40 km), such as coastal and port approach areas, and to on-line distribute this information to end-users, i.e. port authorities and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators. To achieve this aim, EuroROSE makes use of remote sensed current and wave data, as measured by HF and Microwave radar, which is assimilated into high-resolution models to provide on-line and forecast information.
Especially in areas, where the current structures are highly variable due to generation of eddies and fronts, the models need additional input to accurately reflect the actual situation. By assimilating the remote sensed current and wave fields, as measured by the University of Hamburg WEllen RAdar (WERA), the model results can be kept very close to nature and the quality of the forecast can be significantly increased.
This paper describes the EuroROSE system set-up, which was successfully applied during two demonstration experiments at the Norwegian and Spanish coast. Besides the installation of WERA, other instruments like WaMoS, the model system, the data communication scheme, and the User Interface to display the results to the end-users are presented.
This work has been funded by the European Commision DG XII within the MAST-3 programme, project EuroROSE, CT98-0168.