Wave Measurements from Radar Tide Gauges.
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Fiorentino, Laura A.
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Currently the NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) is transitioning the primary water level sensor at most NWLON stations, from an acoustic ranging system, to microwave radars. With no stilling well and higher resolution of the open sea surface, microwave radars have the potential to provide real-time wave measurements at NWLON sites. Radar sensors at tide stations may offer a low cost, convenient way to increase nearshore wave observational coverage throughout the U.S. to support navigational safety and ocean research applications. Here we present the results of a field study, comparing wave height measurements from four radar water level sensors, with two different signal types (pulse and continuous wave swept frequencymodulation-CWFM). A nearby bottomacoustic wave and current sensor is used as a reference. An overview of field setup and sensors will be presented, along with an analysis of performance capabilities of each radar sensor. T.....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.A
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Sea surface height
Maturity LevelTRL 7 System prototyping demonstration in an operational environment (ground or space)
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
CitationFiorentino, L.A.; Heitsenrether, R. and Krug, W. (2019) Wave Measurements from Radar Tide Gauges. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:586, 14pp, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00586
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