Marine Scotland Science (MSS), part of the Scottish Government, is leading this project and has agreed to carry it out as part of it’s Service Level Agreement with Marine Scotland, it’s policy lead Division. An indication of the actions MSS have undertaken to carry out is as follows:
- Project management throughout all phases of the Brahan Project, including the placement of a temporary local project manager in Orkney
- Provision of all civil works, power and communication connections to the two HF Radar sites
- The deployment and recovery of in-situ oceanographic instrumentation and it’s subsequent analysis
- The part-funding and supervision of PhD research studentships associated with the project
- The organisation and hosting of a project workshop to present preliminary project results, recommendations and ideas for the future to both public and private key players in the UK marine sector
- The initialisation, implementation and write up of scientific studies utilising Brahan data
BP Exploration Operating Company Limited provides Brahan with an insight into the potential use of a HF radar system in the offshore oil and gas industry, specifically in relation to pollution response.
BP will analyse how SeaSonde surface currents data can improve BP’s metocean models and oil spill trajectory models
The International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), part of Heriot-Watt University, has been a supporter of Brahan from the start. An indication of areas where ICIT will contribute to the project is as follows:
- Provision of staff to help with local arrangements in Orkney and Shetland
- Supervision of PhD studentships associated with Brahan and provision of scientific input to the science phase of the project
- Provision of advice on demonstrating the use of the Brahan system to the renewable energy industry
The UK Integrated Monitoring Network (UK-IMON), which reports to the UK Marine Science Coordination Committee, has been tasked with implementing a coordinated marine monitoring network in UK territorial waters. UK- IMON acknowledges the potential contribution HF radar systems such as the one to be demonstrated within Brahan can provide to national monitoring networks.
UK-IMON will provide Brahan with advice on demonstrating the use of the Brahan system in an integrated national monitoring network and evaluation of SeaSonde HF Radar benefits for filling gaps in core variables coverage identified by UKMAS and UK-IMON.
The UK Meteorological Office, and its internal unit the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting, has a fundamental interest in real-time oceanographic measurements, and their assimilation into ocean and weather forecast models.
The UK Met Office will provide scientific advice to the Brahan project, and advice on the demonstration phase in relation to data assimilation and ocean forecasting uses.
Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd provides Brahan with further insight into the potential use of a HF radar system in the offshore oil and gas industry, specifically in relation to pollution response.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), has supported the aims of the Brahan project since its inception. Based on the results obtained in the first phase and their importance for improved understanding of regional hydrodynamics, oil spill behaviour and emergency response, DECC have funded a 6 month extension through its Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment Programme.
This extension will ensure a full year’s data is available, covering the full range of hydrographic conditions experienced in the area. During this extension period a proposal and funding will be sought to allow further continuation of the project and an extension of the spatial coverage to the Northern North Sea and West of Shetland regions.
QUALITAS Remos S.L. and CODAR Ocean Sensors Ltd. are the world’s experts in HF Radar Technology for monitoring ocean surface currents and waves. CODAR and QUALITAS are offering the project:
- Provision of all SeaSonde equipment and software
- Provision of qualified staff to carry out planning, installation and operation of the systems during the project length
- To carry out a series of scientific and economic studies that shall help value the utility and benefits of SeaSonde HF Radar measured data and HF Radar data derived products with special attention to the oil & gas sector