Surface Currents

Project Description

During the open water season, we monitor and record surface currents in the Northeastern Chukchi and Western Beaufort Seas utilizing shore-based High Frequency Radar (HFR) systems. This gives us a near real-time, synoptic picture of surface flow with high spatial and temporal resolution.

Project Funding

AOOS/IOOS, BOEM, CIAP, CIMES, ConocoPhillips Alaska, North Slope Borough, Shell Oil Company
Start Date: 0000-00-00
End Date: 0000-00-00



Poster presentations

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Publications and products

Ying-Chih Fang, T. J. Weingartner, R. A. Potter, P. R. Winsor, and H. Statscewich. (2015). "Quality Assessment of HF Radar Derived Surface Currents Using Optimal Interpolation". J. Atmos. Ocean Technol. 32:282-296.
doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00109.1

H. Statscewich, T. Weingartner, S. Danielsen, B. Grunau, G. Egan and J. Timm. (2011). "A High-Latitude Modular Autonomous Power, Control, and Communication System for Application to High-Frequency Surface Current Mapping Radars". Marine Technology Society Journal. 45:55-68.



Research Team

Thomas Weingartner

Thomas Weingartner

Principal Investigator

Professor Emeritus


  • Physical Oceanography
  • Physical oceanography of Alaskan continental shelves and slopes.
  • Interdisciplinary marine research
  • Wind- and buoyancy-forced shelf circulation systems

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