Project Purpose and Targets

The final and broad purpose of Brahan Project is to contribute to serve UK societal needs by providing reliable marine data and information, for a better understanding of marine systems, improving safety, enhancing the economy and protecting the environment.

Specific project goals include:

  1. Evaluating and demonstrating the unique features, benefits and utility that SeaSonde HF Radar monitoring and added value applications can provide to the UK ocean community and UK society at large
  2. Generating and providing an ocean data set that is useful to the partnering institutions included in this experience and to other institutions in the UK working in the field of oceanography and marine related industries

Project targets are:

  1. The deployment of two SeaSonde HF Radar stations in Northern Scotland and one Central Data Management Platform. The area of interest for monitoring purposes is a patch of the UK North Sea extending 180 Km offshore around Shetland and Orkney Islands.
  2. System operation and open data delivery for a temporal period
  3. Evaluation of benefits resulting from the use of SeaSonde HF Radar currents data for oceanographic studies and numerical model validation in the area
  4. Evaluation of benefits to the Oil&Gas industry resulting from the use of SeaSonde HF Radar data in areas such as Offshore Operations, Oil Spill Planning and Response and Search and Rescue
  5. Evaluation of SeaSonde HF Radar benefits for filling gaps in core variables coverage identified by the UKMAS and UK-IMON
  6. Preparation of a final report, which will include an evaluation of the project results and recommendations for the future

Sumburgh HF Radar Site

SUMB_antennNorth Ronaldsay HF Radar Site