Application of High-Frequency Radar to Potential Hydrocarbon Development Areas in the Northeast Chukchi Sea: Physical Oceanography of the Chukchi Sea OCS

Updated 2012-07-25

Understanding the physical oceanography of the northeast Chukchi Sea through the collection of real time High Frequency Radar (HFR) surface current measurements from shore-based systems, deployment of sub-surface Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP), and the use of Automated Underwater Vehicles (AUV). Providing oceanographic data sets for guiding the development and evaluation of ocean circulation, wave and oil spill trajectory models.

Time frame

Project time span
2009 -
Data collection
2009 -
Data processing
2009 -
Data reporting
2009 -

Contact information

Contact person
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At the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS), Warren Horowitz (; at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Marine Sciences, Dr. Thomas Weingartner, principal investigator (

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied
Chukchi Sea
Chukchi Sea

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

HF Radar: Surface current speed and direction, wave information, ADCP subsurface current speed and direction, temperature, depth, and conductivity, temperature and salinity profiles from AUV’s, directional wave,

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Coordinating logistics with the local communities. Networks: U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) (IOOS)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

Working with the communities to set up HF radar systems.

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