Courses in 2015

High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (2015)

High Frequency Surface Wave Radar: Class Photograph 2015
High Frequency Surface Wave Radar: Class Photograph 2015

Course Information

Dates: 16 to 20 February 2015

Course code: EEE5132Z

Venue: Menzies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Menzies Building (Upper Campus), University of Cape Town

Course Description

The objective of the course on HF Radar is to equip students with a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in HF Radar technology.

To accomplish this, technical details of the historical developments in HF radar will be presented to establish the basis for studying modern systems.

The main application focus during the course will HF Radar applied in the Oceanographic domain. However, participants should expect to acquire a thorough appreciation of the general fundamentals of HF Radar relevant to other applications.

Handout: High
Radar 2015

Course Overview

The following topics are covered:

  • HF radar history and capabilities, Theory, history and planned expansion, future directions (4 hours)
  • HF radar hardware, Transmitter, receiver, antenna (4 hours)
  • HF Radar case studies (6 hours)
  • HF radar installation checklists and procedures (2 hours)
  • Site selection and identifying man-made objects that would impact system performance (4 hours)
  • HF radar software (4 hours)
  • Data telemetry (4 hours)
  • Introduction to National and Global HF radar Network and (4 hours)
  • Data visualization (8 hours)



Scott GlennProf Scott Glenn is Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Coastal Ocean Observation Lab.

Prof Glenn has established a long history of integrated research and teaching, using ocean observatories to bring the ocean into the classroom. He has designed and implemented sustained real-time ocean observation and forecast system, and is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator in relation to numerous research grants, and has co-authored over 140 publications.


Hugh Roarty 4Dr Hugh Roarty is a Research Project Manager with the Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory, Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

His research interests focus on improving the remote sensing and in situ instrumentation used to measure the physical and biological aspects of the ocean. He is also interested in exploring the dual use capability of the HF radar for environmental monitoring and target detection.