The ‘OOM Project’ (M1420-01-0145-FEDER-00000) is partially funded by the Operational Program of the Madeira Region (Madeira 14-20), under the Portugal 2020 strategy, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF/FEDER). This operation focuses on the study of the coastal area around the island, and one of the main activities foreseen by the project for the coastal study and monitoring was the installation of an HF Radar system.

The HF Radars in Madeira aims to showcase the unique features, benefits and utility that SeaSonde HF Radar monitoring and added value applications can provide to the Madeira ocean community and society at large.

The OCEANIC OBSERVATORY OF MADEIRA (O.O.M.), is leading this initiative, and QUALITAS INSTRUMENTS and CODAR OCEAN SENSORS are the technological partners.

In the scope of this project two Standard Range SeaSonde HF radar systems will be installed in the Madeira Island, manufactured by CODAR Ocean Sensors of California (U.S.A.), which measures the speed and direction of ocean surface currents in near real time in an hourly basis and also provides information about wave parameters. These radars can measure currents over a large region of the coastal ocean, from a few kilometers offshore up to ~75 km, and can operate under any weather conditions. Other existing oceanographic monitoring systems are insufficient to provide the resolution of surface current speeds and directions, which are required, today by scientists and operational responders.

Although the SeaSonde HF radar is an operational system within many Ocean Observing Systems in the world, this project is the first implementation of the system in the island. The demonstration of the SeaSonde technology targets not only scientific research but also pollution control, the renewable energy sector and additional end users such as the fishing industry.