Lucy R Wyatt
Department of Applied Mathematics, The University of Sheffield, Hicks
Building, Hounsfield Road, SHEFFIELD S3 7RH
0114 222 3794 (International: +44 114 222 3794)
Lucy Wyatt is interested in HF radar applications in oceanography. Her
main activity has been in the development and validation of algorithms
for wave, wind and current measurement using a number of different HF
NOTE: I am on leave of absence for three years from Nov 2011 to take up the post of
Director of the Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network (ACORN). ACORN provides data for the Integrated Australian
Observing System, IMOS. More information about ACORN can be found at
During this time you can contact as shown below
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
James Cook University
HF radars are surface-based systems that measure backscatter from
the ocean surface on spatial and temporal scales suitable for a wide
range of engineering and oceanographic applications. They are usually
located on the coast measuring out to 20-200km depending on the radio
wavelength and parameter being measured. Methods for inverting the integral
equation that describes the relationship between HF radar backscatter
and the ocean wave directional spectrum, and statistical methods for
assessing the accuracy of the radar measurements are being developed.
The success of these methods has been recognised internationally and
has established Sheffield University as a centre of excellence in HF
radar oceanographic applications. This work was originally carried out
using the PISCES long-range radar system. This radar is now operational
again with funding from DEFRA and the UK Meteorological Office who are assessing
its potential value for the UK wave monitoring network, WAVENET.
We have more than one years near-continuous collection of waves, currents and winds with this system.
We have also worked with the OSCR HF radar system, which is a short-range
high spatial resolution system that is commercially available for current
measurement. This was used during an EC MAST2 contract, SCAWVEX, which
also involved working with a German radar, WERA. Data from SCAWVEX experiments
are being used for comparison with the wave model SWAN. We participated
in the EU MAST3 project EUROROSE, providing real time inversion software for WERA.
In addition we processed more OSCR data collected during the SHOWEX experiment on the North Carolina
The software package we have developed has been licensed to and is available from Seaview Sensing Ltd .
projects are as follows: