Improving port safety using radar and satellite data

Gurus from the University’s Department of Geography and Planning will head up a new exploration project to boost the protection of ports using satellite and radar knowledge to establish adjustments in drinking water depth.

Led by Dr Jonny Higham, a lecturer in modern day processes and dynamics, the project also includes two Uk maritime SMEs Marlan Maritime Systems Ltd and Satellite Oceanographic Consultants Ltd (SatOC).

The project will use a combination of satellite and land-based mostly radar knowledge and novel knowledge investigation methods (machine mastering and modal decomposition) to keep track of adjustments in sub- and intertidal bathymetry to warn port operators to adjustments in drinking water depth that threaten secure navigation.

It is just one of eleven jobs funded by the Maritime Study and Innovation Uk (MarRI-Uk), a Authorities and industry-backed initiative to strengthen collaborative innovation and jointly tackle important technologies problems in Uk Maritime.

Dr. Jonny Higham explained: “Using noticed patterns in wave reorientation and breaking, we can establish adjustments in drinking water depth in accordance to patterns of erosion and deposition on the seafloor.

“The detected adjustments array from prolonged-expression tendencies in sedimentation and sea stage to party-based mostly adjustments due to storms. Monitoring these adjustments is significant for ports to assure sufficient drinking water depth in preserved navigation channels and docks, as very well as for targeting dredging functions.”

Marlan Maritime Systems is a Liverpool based mostly maritime business and has collaborated with the University’s environmental scientists on a quantity of jobs since 2012 like PhD jobs and a Information Transfer Partnership.

Alex Sinclair, Managing Director of Marlan Maritime Systems said: “We’re delighted to be working with industry experts at The College of Liverpool and SatOC to force the boundaries of coastal science. This project will establish new methods of nearshore drinking water depth calculation using a distinctive combination of observations from house, our Synoptic4D radar units, coastal ocean designs and modern machine mastering techniques.

“We’re psyched to get started out! The planned outputs of this project are started in the demands of the coastal management industry: local council authorities are possessing to offer with amplified coastal erosion on multiple fronts while port authorities facial area continued siltation of navigation channels and docks. This project will give end-users substantially increased situational consciousness at minimized costs. It will outcome in amplified protection, availability and value of the services that can be presented to ports around the Uk and throughout the world.”

SatOC is a Uk-based mostly SME specializing in the apps and exploitation of satellite oceanography.

Source: College of Liverpool