There are at least 300 HF radars deployed in many countries. Several countries have begun using HF radar-derived ocean currents for their operational oceanographic needs.
Below is a static map image captured on 8 June, 2012. A dynamic, interactive HF Radar Asset map will be available soon.
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Enrique Alvarez-Fanjul (Spain), Jack Harlan (USA), Lucy Wyatt (Australia).
A call was made for additional co-chairs at the 1st Ocean Radar Conference for Asia (ORCA), May 17-18, 2012
Applications and Success Stories
Best Practices in Deployment & Operation: Capacity Building
U.S.A: US IOOS
Australia: IMOS - ACORN
Coming soon: Succesful applications of HF radar (global scale)
The half-day GEO Global HF Radar meeting will focus on the three topics of the Working Groups plus Radio Frequency Sharing.
The working group names, chairperson and chairperson's affiliation are:
A) Data Management (Lisa Hazard, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA)
B) Applications and Success Stories (Hugh Roarty, Rutgers University, USA)
C) Best Practices in Deployment & Operation: Capacity Building (Lucy Wyatt, James Cook University, Australia)
Draft Meeting Agenda (pdf)
As many of you are aware, the World Radiocommunication Conference held in January-February 2012, made recommendations on frequency bands, bandwidths and sharing:
Outcomes of the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference
As part of the next GEO Global HF radar meeting, we will devote time for presentations and discussion on the technical and regulatory aspects of frequency sharing so that radars do not mutually interfere. I will volunteer to give the USA/Region-2 perspective and the techniques that we will employ. Attendees are welcome to present the plans that are underway within the other two ITU regions. As it stands today, the ITU is not going to establish a committee that will regulate or recommend any particular method for frequency sharing but will, instead, leave that to each of the ITU regions.
This page will be updated as the Bergen meeting approaches.
Surface Current velocities and direction presented on an HF radar map
Maps of ocean surface current velocities created from HF radar networks are helping to save lives, respond to oil spills, and monitor the coastal ecosystem in many regions of the world. For example, surface current maps support coastal ocean search and rescue, depict trajectories of spilled oil, and reveal dispersal of buoyant larvae. These are just a few of the specific applications of HF radar data presently employed.
There are at least 300 HF radars currently deployed in many countries. Several countries have begun using HF radar-derived ocean currents for their operational oceanographic needs.
High Frequency (HF) Radar Antenna
The benefits of a global HF radar network include:
To make HF radar data available in a single standardized format in near real time
To develop a Worldwide QA/QC standard
To develop easy-to-use standard products
To assure HF radar data assimilation in ocean and ecosystem modelling
To develop emerging uses of HF radar in the areas of ecosystem, tsunami, and climate.
Form working groups to address specific HF radar network topics
Create an assets map to display the locations of existing HF radar sites and collect the websites where HF radar data is availableCreate a GEO Global HF Radar page at U.S. IOOS website that can be linked to by multiple participants with access from multiple websites. COMPLETED.