During the first phase of the project, HF coastal radars have been installed in four test sites around the Mediterranean. Currently, the HF radars are operating and provide detailed information about the sea surface currents in a large area (hundred of square km). In each test site, the HF radar will be compared and validated using data from other in-situ instruments (drifters) and will be used to improve theoretical models about ocean circulation.
Example of the monitoring system installed in the Gulf of Naples
The Gulf of Naples monitoring network comprises five automatic weather stations distributed along the coasts of the Gulf, one weather radar, two tide gauges, one waverider buoy, and moored physical, chemical and bio-optical instrumentation. In addition to the above instruments, a CODAR-SeaSonde HF coastal radar system composed of three antennas is located in Portici, Massa Lubrense and Castellammare. The system provides hourly data of surface currents over the entire gulf with a 1km spatial resolution.
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