Marine Science Faculty Publications

Evolution of the USF/CMS Codar and WERA HF Radar Network

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In an effort to improve our understanding on the workings of the coastal ocean for a variety of environmental applications and to improve upon forecasts of storm surge for residents along the West Coast of Florida, the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science (USF/CMS) established a real-time Coastal Ocean Monitoring Prediction System (COMPS) for the West Florida Shelf region. COMPS program assets consist of arrays of offshore buoys and coastal tidal stations for surface meteorology and in-water measurement of temperature, salinity, and currents, and sea level; along with five High Frequency (HF) radar sites for offshore surface-current velocity field measurements. This paper will discuss the evolution of the USF/CMS HF Radar Network, consisting of three Direction Finding (DF) CODAR long-range SeaSonde HF radars and two Phased Array (PA) WERA systems with one site containing co-located CODAR and WERA systems; the first and only co-located and operational site in America.

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Presented at the OCEANS 2012 MTS/IEEE: Harnessing the Power of the Ocean in October 2012 in Hampton Roads, VA