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Nested Radar Systems for Remote Coastal Observations

Bell, Paul; Williams, Jonathan; Clark, Stephen; Morris, Brad; Vila-Concejo, Ana. 2006 Nested Radar Systems for Remote Coastal Observations. Journal of Coastal Research, SI39. 483-487.

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Abstract/Summary

Advances in radar technology now allow the observation of sea surface features at multiple scales, from kilometers, down to metres. In the same manner that nested models are used at different resolutions, nested radars of different frequencies can be used to provide data on sea surface features at various resolutions. A new radar system in the millimeter wave-band has now been demonstrated with a resolution of <1m. This MMW-radar was deployed in a nested configuration with an X-band marine radar from a beach near Faro in Portugal. The results from the two systems show how the MMW-radar can image fine detail surf zone and swash processes to a range of O(200m), while the marine radar provides lower resolution images of O(10m) to longer ranges of O(2km). Data from the two nested radars are shown from a recent deployment on a barrier beach in the Ria Formosa region of the Algarve, Portugal. The data from these nested radars are analysed to map wavelengths in 2-D and a non-linear bathymetric inversion is used on both sets of data to estimate the bathymetry of the imaged area. Comparisons with in-situ surveys demonstrate the accuracy of this technique.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Shelf and coastal processes
POL Programmes > Shallow coastal seas - function and impacts of change > Process experiments at small scale
ISSN: 0749-0208
Additional Keywords: bathymetry, waves, x-band radar, mm wave radar, depth inversions
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Earth Sciences
Date made live: 25 Mar 2008 12:47
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2600

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