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12 January 2018 Integration between X-Band Radar and Buoy Sea State Monitoring
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Ludeno, G.; Reale, F.; Raffa, F.; Dentale, F.; Soldovieri, F.; Carratelli, E.P., and Serafino, F., 2018. Integration between X-band radar and buoy sea state monitoring.This article presents the results of an integrated buoy and X-band radar sea state monitoring activity carried out on the southern coast of Sicily. The work involved the integration of buoy and radar data, as well as the simultaneous acquisition of significant wave height (SWH) values from two similar radar sets located at a slight distance from each other—a rare and fortunate circumstance that took place during two storms in the winter 2014–2015. Good consistency and repeatability was reached between the two radars, and the reliability of X-band radar as a wave monitoring system was confirmed by the comparison with the buoy wave meter. Some knowledge has also been gained on the short spatial and temporal fluctuations of the sea state: while such “gustiness” or small scale storm variation (SSSV) cannot be easily discriminated from electromagnetic effects and from algorithm artefacts, some important progress has been made toward the identification of this phenomenon. Integration of various sensors is the key to a definite improvement of sea state monitoring for most coastal applications.
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Giovanni Ludeno, Ferdinando Reale, Francesco Raffa, Fabio Dentale, Francesco Soldovieri, Eugenio Pugliese Carratelli and Francesco Serafino "Integration between X-Band Radar and Buoy Sea State Monitoring," Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) 34(6), (12 January 2018).
Received: 7 March 2017; Accepted: 12 August 2017; Published: 12 January 2018

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