Institute of Oceanography

University of Hamburg

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Institute of Oceanography
University of Hamburg
Bundesstraße 53
D-20146 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 40 42838-2605 / -5449
Fax: +49 40 42838-7488
E-Mail:  waltraut.domke-sommer(at)

Applications of HF Radar in Operational Oceanography


About HF Radar

A High-Frequency (HF)-radar can be used to measure surface current fields and the spatial distribution of ocean wave directional spectra. The physical mechanism behind is backscattering from a moving rough surface. These radars are deployed along the coast and cover an area of up to 50 km x 50 km, which can be observed continuously at 10 minute intervals.   HF_SCATTER   Antennas
Within the EU MAST-2 project SCAWVEX (Surface Current And Wave Variability EXperiment), work on HF-radar related techniques, algorithms and models, has been performed. The University of Hamburg developed a new HF radar WERA (WEllen RAdar). The wave algorithm has been developed by the University of Sheffield, the current algorithm has been adopted by the University of Hamburg from their previous CODAR (COastal raDAR) system. The spatial resolution of WERA can be selected between 1.2 km and 300 m.   What is WERA   Photo WERA
MAST Logo This work has been supported by the European Commission DG XII within the MAST-2 programme, project Opens internal link in current windowSCAWVEX, ct94-0103.

Surface Current Fields

Ocean Wave Spectra

  Topography The WERA Sites   Wave energy All Data
  Current 2km grid 2 km Grid   Spectral bands Spectral Bands
  Current 300m grid 300m Grid   Wave directional spectra Directional Sp