High Frequency Radar

High-frequency radars collect real-time data on surface currents and waves (Credit: ICTS SOCIB)

Taking the pulse of the coastal ocean – read the EuroGOOS HF Radar community newsletter, June 2020

High-frequency radar (HFR) is a unique technology mapping ocean surface currents and wave fields (along with other variables) over wide areas with high spatial and temporal resolution. HFR is cost-effective, requiring only small manpower and technical costs. 

Users of HFR technology include meteorology services, search and rescue agencies, governments and regional and local authorities, as well as private companies working in assessment of coastal water quality, renewable energy, or other environmental services.

The EuroGOOS HFR Task Team helps coordinate the European activities around the development and use of this coastal technology. The Task Team is providing a European HFR operational network delivering data and products for science, environmental management, and operational needs. As all EuroGOOS operational task teams, the HFR Task Team plays an important role in identifying research gaps, delivering commong standards and promoting synergy, towards an integrated European Ocean Observing System (EOOS).

The EuroGOOS HFR Task Team contributes to improving administrative procedures, promotes scientific synergies and complementarity with other technologies as well as modeling products. The Task Team’s broad network allows sharing success stories and discuss common challenges, to allow a stronger joint progress.

Specifically, the HFR Task Team aims to:

  • Define data standards and products;
  • Define and share the quality assurance and quality control standards;
  • Promote research, technology and innovation development; 
  • Enhance interface between the technology providers and implementers; 
  • Act as the European operational HFR node and develop joint outreach activities.

Chair of the HFR Task Team is Julien Mader, AZTI, Spain 

HFR Task Team Terms of Reference:

ToR HF Radar Task Team (156.9 KiB)

HF Radar map  (Click on the stations dots for more information)

Map of locations of the 105 HFRs included in the current EuroGOOS Task Team inventory (as March 2020). The ongoing systems (59) are plotted in green, future installations (20) in yellow and non functioning stations (26) in purple (including historical deployments or currently inactive stations). 30 HFRs are connected to the HFR node (pulsing circles) sending data in near real time.