[MAG32-P08] Quasi-Real-Time Surface Current Information of the Eastern Tsugaru Strait via Ocean Radar data Site "MORSETS"
In order to research the environmental change of the Tsugaru Strait, Mutsu Institute for Oceanography (MIO), Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has been observing these surface currents by HF radar from three radar stations surrounding the Eastern Tsugaru Strait (ESAN Station: Hakodate Hokkaido, OHATA Station: Mutsu Aomori, IWAYA Station: Higashidori Aomori). Radar stations are continuously monitoring the flow of the Tsugaru Strait from April 2014.
Data of flow direction / velocity observed at radar stations is visualized as surface current maps every 30 minutes, MORSETS (MIO Ocean Radar data Site for Eastern Tsugaru Strait) exhibits quasi-real-time surface current maps of the Eastern Tsugaru Strait. In this site, user can see the current maps from quasi-real-time and the past 48hr observations on your browser. The numerical data will be available for download in addition. MORSETS aims to contribute to the fisheries industry, shipping industry, disaster prevention, marine accident response, and research for marine environment change.
As an example of the utilization of MORSETS, access analysis showed the possibility that system is particularly utilized by fisheries. Typically, in other site of JAMSTEC, it tends to show the peak of access during the day. But MORSETS shows the peak of access early in the morning around 4 to 5 AM. This peak shows a good correlation with working time of fisheries (early in the morning around 4 to 5 AM), it can be inferred that fisheries are checking the sea condition.
Based on these examples of utilization, in order to expand the information and to improve the system, we implemented functions to display the water temperature information on the current map of the eastern coast of the Tsugaru Strait in FY 2017.
As a result, besides the visualization of current direction and velocity data, it was possible to distribute changes of the water temperature in coastal areas.
In this presentation, we will introduce MORSETS and discuss the application of research results.