Summer High Frequency Radar Validation Experiment

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MARACOOS conducted a validation experiment of its High Frequency radar network from May 10 to July 12, 2016.  The goal of the experiment was to evaluate its two surface current products, test quality control software and algorithms and evaluate new bistatic data streams.
The experiment was conducted in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard Office of Search and Rescue and RPS an environmental consulting company.  The Coast Guard provided 9 drifters that were deployed in the coverage area of the radar network.  Six were deployed south of Martha’s Vineyard and 3 were deployed off New Jersey, which focused on the validation of the 13 MHz network.  Above is a plot of the tracks over the course of the experiment.
The position data from the drifters was collected and distributed by RPS.  The skill of ten different surface current products was evaluated and the regional surface current product from MARACOOS proved to be the best at predicting the path of the drifetrs.