Measurement of Surface Current Fields with High Spatial Resolution by the
HF Radar WERA
K.-W. GURGEL, G. ANTONISCHKI
IGARSS'97 Conference, Proceedings, pp. 1820...1822, 1997.
Abstract - -
Ground wave radar using electromagnetic waves with wavelengths between
10 m and 50 m (HF radar)
can be used in oceanography to measure surface current and ocean wave
In Germany, the work on HF radar started in 1980, adopting
NOAA's CODAR (COastal raDAR).
Recent developments within the European project
SCAWVEX (Surface Current And Wave
lead to a new design called WERA (WEllen RAdar).
In autumn 1996, two WERA systems were
deployed at the Dutch coast near Petten, south of the island Texel.
For the last two days of the experiment, the new 300 m resolution mode
of WERA was used to measure surface current fields. This mode revealed
much more detail of a coastal jet connected to a sharp front.
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