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

New High Frequency Radar in Marathon Florida Deployed by University of South Florida

A new High Frequency Radar was installed near Marathon, Florida to study the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System by the University of South Florida’s Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System, in cooperation with Rutgers University and the University of Miami. 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
  • University of South Florida College of Marine Science