EARSeL eProceedings Vol. 3, No. 1, 86-104, 2004

First results of the OROMA experiment in the Lister Tief of the German Bight in the North Sea
Ingo Hennings, Dagmar Herbers, Katharina Prinz and Friedwart Ziemer

The objective of the project entitled 'Operational Radar and Optical Mapping in monitoring hydrodynamic, morphodynamic and environmental parameters for coastal management (OROMA)' within the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission (EC) is to improve the effectiveness of monitoring technologies in coastal waters. The Research Vessel (R.V.) Ludwig Prandtl of the GKSS research centre was equipped with special sensors and instruments to measure the position of the ship, the water depth, the salinity, the water temperature, the current speed and direction, the modulation characteristics of short-wave energies, and relevant air-sea interaction parameters due to the presence of submarine sand waves. The first experiment of the OROMA project on 5-16 August 2002 took place in the Lister Tief, a tidal inlet of the German Bight in the North Sea. The seabed morphology of the Lister Tief reveals a complex configuration of different bedforms which is four-dimensional in space and time. A significant upward orientated component uvert of the three-dimensional current velocity field was observed. Marked vertically so-called waterspouts of uvert above the crests of sand waves have been measured by the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) as straight lines. They cause water upwelling with turbulence patterns at the water surface affecting the Normalized Radar Cross Section (NRCS) modulation. A first impression of expected NRCS modulation signatures of sea bottom topography detected by the GKSS shipborne X-band radar are presented as an uncalibrated composite of five single sea clutter images acquired in the Lister Tief on 22 November 1990.

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Submitted: 07 June 2003
Revised: 10 December 2003
Accepted: 18 December 2003

Hennings I, D Herbers, K Prinz & F Ziemer, 2004. First results of the OROMA experiment in the Lister Tief of the German Bight in the North Sea. EARSeL eProceedings 3(1), 86-104


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