The EU funded EuroROSE (European Radar Ocean Sensing) project aimed to demonstrate the use of remote sensing by area-covering HF and X-band radar, combined with high-resolution wave and current models, in the provision of now- and forecasts for vessel management at harbour approaches.
The second experiment, in October and November 2000, was located at the city of Gijon on the north coast of Spain. Gijon's port, Puerto Gijon, is Spain's principal route for dry bulk traffic, handling over 11 million tons a year. The location is subject to long swell originating in the northern Atlantic; during strong storms significant waveheights in excess of 8m are observed.
For the experiment two WERA radars were installed, one on the cliffs of Cabo Torres overlooking Puerto Gijon, the other on the headland of Cabo Penas. Data from the radars were transfered to the computer facilities in the Puerto Gijon control tower, processed to obtain the current field (University of Hamburg) and wave field (University of Sheffield) with summary statistics delivered to a custom-built web interface designed by the Spanish Puertos del Estado. Since Puerto Gijon has a good network infrastructure it was also possible to deliver data products to the University of Sheffield for real-time monitoring of the radar's performance.