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High Frequency Radar

High frequency radars (HF radar) are land-based systems that measure the speed and direction of ocean surface currents in near real-time. SECOORA supports 16 HF radar in the southeastern U.S. Data is used to:

  1.  Reduce search and rescue area for the U.S. Coast Guard
  2.  Provide emergency managers transport information for oil spill or harmful algal bloom response
  3.  Identify fish larvae transport
  4.  Support model validation

To explore HF radar data, click on a radar of interest from the below map and then the “agent” link.

Click here to access and learn more about HF radar data.

High Frequency Radar News and Resources

Commercial Fisherman Develops Models with High Frequency Radar Data to Find Fish

Meet commercial fisherman and self-proclaimed ‘computer geek’ Captain Dave Tilley and see how he uses SECOORA funded high frequency radar data  to catch more fish.   Read more.

High-Frequency Radar: Supporting Coastal Operations with Real-time Surface Current Data

Watch the video to learn how high frequency radar is used to provide detailed information in real-time on coastal ocean surface currents. It describes the important role that HF radar products play in critical coastal operations such as hazardous spill response. Watch the video.

Student Data Challenge Using SECOORA High Frequency Radar Data

SECOORA is honored to announce the 2020 Data Challenge winner is Douglas Cahl from the University of South Carolina. Douglas will analyze SECOORA High frequency radar (HF radar) data and create a visualization tool to identify eddies. Read more.

SECOORA High Frequency Radar Principal Investigators

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Marine Sciences
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Georgia Skidaway of Institute of Oceanography
  • University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
  • University of South Florida College of Marine Science
  • East Carolina University – Coastal Studies Institute
  • Florida Institute of Technology