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A comparison between drifter and X-band wave radar for sea surface current estimation.

  • Autori: Ludeno, G; Nasello, C; Raffa, F; Ciraolo, G; Soldovieri, F; Serafino, F
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2016
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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This paper deals with exploitation of the wave radar system for sea surface current estimation in a coastal zone. In particular, we present the results of the processing of the radar data collected by an X-band marine radar installed in Capo Granitola site, which is located in the south-west part of Sicily, on 15 May 2015. The effectiveness of the data processing is analyzed by comparing the wave radar estimated sea surface current with that provided by the Lagrangian drifters along its movement trajectory. During the measurement campaign, three drifter releases are carried out and for each one the comparison is provided in terms of the mean error and standard deviation. In addition, we report the characteristic sea state parameters, in terms of peak wavelength (lp), peak direction propagation (qp), peak period (Tp) and significant wave height (Hs) of the dominant waves estimated by the wave radar system.