Joint USA-Korea HF-Radar Program
Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences hosted Mr. Dongsu Kim and Mr. Yunsik Lee from the Korean Hydrographic and Oceanographic Administration (KHOA) for two weeks in June/July 2012 to exchange information and ideas on HF radar networks. The visit was made possible by a joint agreement between NOAA and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) and Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (MIFAFF).
Dongsu had no experience and Yunsik had one year of experience with HF radar. Both Rutgers and KHOA gave presentations on the current research taking place within their organizations. They visited two different SeaSonde installations at Seaside Park and Sea Bright, NJ. They were briefed on the radial database that is used to organize radial data, the shell and MATLAB scripts that are used to create total vectors, and scripts that are used to visualize the data in Google Earth and on the Internet. Rutgers gave an introductory lesson to Dongsu and Yunsik on the HFR_Progs MATLAB toolbox that is designed to work with HF radar data. They were able to create totals from radial data that they brought with them from Korea. Using the toolbox, they were able to create maps of radial vectors, radial vector coverage, total vectors and total vector coverage maps. Dongsu and Yunsik visited Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), a company that Rutgers has partnered with on a program to provide wave-generated power to a bistatic transmitter for the Rutgers HF radar network. The KHOA representatives briefed OPT on the types and uses of oceanographic buoys they are utilizing in their operations. Lastly Rutgers technicians gave them an introduction to the SeaSonde software suite and wave measurement capability of the HF radar systems. In the summer of 2013, Rutgers plans to send a group of scientists to visit KHOA and discuss future partnerships.