HF Radar along the Cumbrian coast (October-December 1989)

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Data holding centreProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom October to December 1989
Geographical area

Cumbrian coastal waters, Irish Sea


Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents)


Surface current radars


A three phase deployment of the new Ocean Surface Current Radar system (OSCR-2) was made along the Cumbrian coast between Walney Island and Silloth. The deployments were: Phase 1: 29 September 1989 to 17 October 1989 St. Bees/Skelda Phase 2: 20 October 1989 to 03 November 1989 Walney Island/Kirkbank Phase 3: 28 November 1989 to 19 December 1989 Maryport/Silloth The system used a beam forming receiver aerial composed of 16 elements equally spaced over 85 metres. The bin size is 1km. The system uses digital beam forming techniques which allowed all the data to be collected over the survey area in 2 consecutive 5 minute periods. Tidal analysis of radial current time series for each data point was made separately. The tidal analysis was based on the 'Harmonic method'. All three surveys collected data over periods exceeding 15 days, thus allowing 15 day analyses to be completed where possible (allowing 16 constituents to be determined).

OriginatorsProudman Oceanographic Laboratory

Palmer, R. D. and Prandle, D. (1990) Further measurements of surface currents by HF radar along the Cumbrian coast, October 1989 to December 1989., Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Internal Document, No 18.

OrganisationProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactThe Director

Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 151 795 4800
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1054006
Global identifier743
Last revised2009-12-01