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Cosoli S., Gacic M., Mazzoldi A. Comparison between HF radar current data and moored ADCP currentmeter. In: Nuovo Cimento Della Societa Italiana Di Fisica C-Geophysics and Space Physics, vol. 28 (6) pp. 865 - 879. Societa Italiana Di Fisica, 2005.
 
 
Abstract
(English)
A preliminary assessment of accuracy of a two-sites shore-based HF Radar network along the Venice Lagoon littoral was attempted by means of comparison with a 57.5 day-long ADCP current time series for the period September-October 2002. Results showed that radar measurements were accurate (< 7 cm/s) in more than 50% of the times, since more than 50% of the differences between both E-W (U) and N-S (V) components were under 7 cm/s, and more than 50% of the direction differences were under 35 degrees. The main differences between the HF radar and surface ADCP currents can be explained in terms of random errors affecting the measurement technique and the daily sea breeze forcing, since low-pass filtering of current time series significantly improved the correlation and decreased the RMS of the differences between the two measured data set. Comparison of the semidurnal (M2, S2) tidal band suggested good agreement between tidal ellipse amplitudes. Wind forcing on a daily time-scale (sea-breeze) was associated with larger differences between radar and ADCP currents at a diurnal band due to the presence of a vertical shear in the surface layer.
DOI: 10.1393/ncc/i2005-10032-6
Subject radar current


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