Visual Surf Observations/Marineland Experiment
COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS
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During November-December 1975, a complex research experiment was conducted at Marineland, Florida. The experiment was designed to test instrumentation that will be used onboard the SEASAT-A satellite to be launched in 1978. This satellite is designed to provide all-weather global monitoring of sea-surface temperature, significant wave height and surface wind speed and direction. As a part of this larger SEASAT-A experiment, it was decided to obtain wave and nearshore current data collected in accordance with techniques developed under the Littoral Environment Observation Program LEO. It was hoped that these visually obtained data could be compared with wave data obtained from both a wave rider and a seasled and that measurements obtained at one LEO site could be correlated with observations taken at similar nearby sites. Also, it was hoped that the validity of timewise extrapolation to determine surf conditions for the period prior to andor subsequent to a given visual observation could be established. A number observers were recruited in an attempt to gather information on the influence of observer bias on the resulting data.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Optical Detection and Detectors