Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar (CODAR) Remote Sensing Demonstration Program
COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS
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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 back-scattered 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.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment