IOOS operates the nation’s only high-frequency (HF) radar network,
providing real-time information on the speed and direction of surface
currents. This network supports search and rescue operations, response
to oil spills, marine shipping navigation, monitoring and tracking
harmful algal blooms and coastal water quality monitoring. The data
are also routinely ingested into oceanographic models. Research is
exploring the use of HF radar for application to tsunami detection
and monitoring significant wave heights. The network currently
consists of approximately 140 radars in nearly every coastal state
plus Puerto Rico.
Registration at http://rowg.org/bin/view/System/UserRegistration is strongly encouraged to enable access to the latest documents on data
management and analysis. NOTE: ROWG.org is a wiki so registration is
required and is moderated. Therefore, one’s access will not be immediate.
This Scripps page is the development site for the national HF radar network and gives access
to radar site metadata and diagnostics. The radar sites are marked with
green, red, yellow or white balloon markers.