The Australian coastal ocean radar network: lessons learned in the establishment phase

Heron, Mal, Wyatt, Lucy, Atwater, Daniel, and Prytz, Arnstein (2012) The Australian coastal ocean radar network: lessons learned in the establishment phase. In: OCEANS, 2012 - YEOSU, pp. 1-5. From: OCEANS, 2012 - YEOSU, 21-24 May 2012, Yeosu, Korea (South).

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Abstract

HF ocean radar is a leading technology for measuring parameters of the ocean's surface in coastal waters. The technical and logistical advantage of shore-based measurements of the coastal ocean is a significant improvement over in situ measurements, and the cost per data point is low. The ability of HF radars to make 2D maps of surface currents and other parameters over quite large coastal areas is powerful and when establishment decisions were being made for the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) in Australia a plan was adopted to establish the Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network (ACORN). At the time of establishment we knew that HF coastal ocean radar was dominated by two genres of technology, and a planning decision was made to include elements of each of the phased array and crossed-loop genres into the new network. Because these are new technologies some of the applications and issues around quality control are still being developed and the inclusion of both genres allows ACORN staff and users of the archived data to fairly compare the genres. This paper addresses issues of process in setting up radar stations and establishing a data archive of good quality and easy access.

Item ID: 24179
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: ocean radar, surface currents, quality control
ISBN: 978-1-4577-2091-8
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 05:33
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0911 Maritime Engineering > 091103 Ocean Engineering @ 34%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography @ 33%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 33%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961102 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 33%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961104 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments @ 33%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 34%
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