Life LEMA relies on radars to study the transport of marine litter in the Bay of Biscay

On December 2017, an article written by partners of the Life LEMA project inside AZTI about the use of a radar for the study of surface coastal transport was published in Remote Sensing of Environment. The document entitled “Eddy-induced cross-shelf export of high Chl-a coastal waters in SE Bay of Biscay” points out the impact of swirls in the Southeast of the Bay of Biscay regarding the export of coastal waters to the open sea.

This article highlights the potential of HF radar for the quantification and monitoring of such transports. Life LEMA considers the use of high frequency radar data and modeling tools in order to improve the numerical and observational tools that will be developed within the project.

Study area and schematic view of the winter shelf-slope current (solid blue arrows).

The research has been conducted using a 6-year data set of the Euskoos HF radar and has been developed in collaboration with colleagues from SOCIB, IMEDEA and KAUST.

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