Factors affecting the accuracy of SHOWEX HF radar wave measurements

Lucy R. Wyatt, Guennadi Liakhovetski, Hans C. Graber, Brian K. Haus

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Ocean Surface Current Radar (OSCR) HF radar measurements of ocean waves and currents were made during the Shoaling Waves Experiment (SHOWEX) in the fall of 1999. During some periods, at some locations, good quality wave measurements were obtained. Limitations in the wave measurement capability due to OSCR hardware, deployment configuration, signal-to-noise ratio, and antenna sidelobes are identified and discussed. A short period of large currents in the presence of antenna pattern distortion is identified as the source of the main errors in the wave measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-859
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Atmospheric Science


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