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 first such demonstration took place at Fedje, a small island north of Bergen, Norway, from mid-February to early April in 2000. This exposed location is adjacent to shipping lanes accessing the petroleum terminals at Mongstad and Sture. During the experiment a pair of WERA HF radars systems, located at Fedje and Lyngoy, transfered Doppler backscatter data to the Fedje Vessel Traffic Centre (VTS) via FTP. The data were processed in parallel to determine both the current field (University of Hamburg) and the wave field (University of Sheffield). The data throughput for the 6 weeks of the experiment was around 55GB of Doppler spectral data, providing the operators at the Fedje VTS with current and wave data refreshed 3 times an hour.