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CODAR Ocean Sensors

About CODAR Ocean Sensors

CODAR Ocean Sensors (COS), located in Mountain View, California, conducts research, design, manufacturing and support of high frequency (HF) radar systems primarily for ocean current and wave monitoring.

COS founders began working in the field of HF radar as early as the 1960's. In 1968, Donald Barrick (future co-founder and President of CODAR Ocean
 – more... Sensors) established the theoretical basis of HF sea scatter that allows both current extraction as well as sea state monitoring. During the early 1970s, Barrick and others, working in the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA) research laboratories, demonstrated the utility and accuracy of these measurements with large phased array radars.

From then until 1984, Barrick led a research team within NOAA's Wave Propagation Laboratory that demonstrated the feasibility and accuracy of smaller, transportable, HF radars for real-time current mapping to distances 60 km from shore. In 1984 the core team that invented these systems left the Government to eventually form what became CODAR Ocean Sensors (COS), developing low-cost commercial versions. Over the past 30 years, hundreds of journal papers have appeared that explain the techniques and establish accuracies by independent comparisons. – lessMore from ZoomInfo »

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