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Title: Coastal ocean dynamics applications rada (codar) remote sensing demonstration program
Authors: Driver, David B.
Thompson, Edward F.
Lillycrop, Linda S.
Barrick, Gregory A.
Keywords: Energy spectrum
High-frequency radar
Wave measurement
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; CERC-89-3.
Description: Miscellaneous paper
Abstract: This report describes the planning, execution, and results of two major field experiments conducted to determine the wave measuring capabilities of the Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar (CODAR). CODAR is a ground-based, high-frequency radar that uses backscattered energy to determine various ocean surface parameters, such as surface currents and wave height, period, and direction. Data from CODAR were compared with those from more conventional wave measuring systems, including both directional and nondirectional wave measuring buoys. Agreement between CODAR and buoy data was judged according to predetermined acceptance limits. The main objective of the program was to establish CODAR as an operational tool for routine use in the collection of coastal wave data. However, results from the comparisons with traditional systems were poor, and CODAR, as tested, cannot be recommended for operational use.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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