High Frequency Radar
RATES’ inventory includes short-, medium-, and long-range HF-Radar (CODAR) systems previously deployed and operated to provide surface current data along the Texas coast from High Island to Corpus Christi. Data from these systems was made available to the public via the NOAA National Data Buoy Center (https://hfradar.ndbc.noaa.gov/) to support vessel navigation, spill response, and search-and-rescue operations. These systems are currently available for the installation to provide critical surface current data for off-shore and inland coastal waters. In Texas, prime deployment areas include the Port of Brownsville and South Padre Island where HF Radar coverage is lacking.