Real-time, wide area wave field measurement

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A novel ocean surface tracking sensor is being developed at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Measurand Inc. of Canada with the goal of measuring wide-area wave field dynamics in unprecedented resolution in both space and time. Previous results using a demonstration device show regular wave period and wave height agreement with laboratory based sensors to 1% and 5% respectively. Preliminary irregular 2D tests show spectral parameters, Tm01 and HmO, in agreement to 9% and 16% respectively. These results have led to the development of several types of sensor based on the floating ribbon concept. The suitability of optical fiber technology for 3D short crested wave measurement is investigated along with the implementation of ancillary motion sensing pods based on inertial measurement technology. This paper summarises the development of the various ribbons, focusing on the aim of integrating them in to an array or lattice and the subsequent encountered and forecasted " deployability" issues, including array mooring and mechanical behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th (2010) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2010
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2010
Event20th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2010 - Beijing, China
Duration: 20 Jun 201025 Jun 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)1098-6189
ISSN (Electronic)1555-1792


Conference20th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2010

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