About the presentation: The Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network consists of 12 individual radars installed around the coast clockwise from Central Queensland to north of Perth. Some of the units are monitoring wave heights and wind directions. Some performance results of ACORN are given to illustrate the capability of the technology. The ACORN network operates continually
with data being archived in near real time into the IMOS (Integrated Marine Observing System) database, and are freely available for research or commercial applications. One of the most
important commercial applications of this technology is in monitoring the waters near entrances to ports and harbours. A project is outlined in the Port of Rotterdam where data from a newly
installed radar were compared with buoy mounted ADCPs (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler). The presentation reveals the execution of the project against a shortened time line and some
significant operational challenges. The final result was not only a validation of the HF radar measurements, but an insight into the capacity of radar surface current measurements to provide
useful information over the full draft of a 100,000 tonne vessel. The presentation concludes with examples of how 2D surface maps are uniquely useful in searchandrescue,
and accident management at port entrances.
About the speaker: Professor Mal Heron is Chief Researcher in the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and is a Consultant with Portmap Remote Ocean Sensing Pty Ltd. His PhD work in Auckland, New Zealand, was on radiowave probing of the ionosphere, and that is reflected in his early ionospheric papers. Through the 1990s his research has broadened into oceanographic phenomena which can be studied by remote sensing, including HF radar and salinity mapping from airborne microwave radiometers. He was foundation Director of the Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network (ACORN) and has a continuing interest in the development of new processing methods and applications of HF radar data to address oceanography problems. He is currently promoting the use of high resolution VHF ocean radars, based on the PortMap high resolution radar.
Thursday, 24th of November
Richard Newton Room
Level 5, EEE Building (193)
The University of Melbourne