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The acoustic Doppler current meters

The Belgica is also used as a platform to anchor autonomous self-registering measuring instruments. In 2001 MUMM acquired an acoustic Doppler current meter which can be placed on the sea bed for several days or weeks and measure speed and directions of sea currents in a maximum of 128 water layers between the sea floor and the surface. The data acquired are stored in the internal memory.

Another current meter has been installed in the keel at the bottom of the Belgica. While the ship is moving, its transducers continuously send out four acoustic beams which are in turn reflected on the particles suspended in the water column. The returning signals are processed at various intervals, providing measurements of the current speeds and directions prevailing at many depths beneath the ship.

Example of results obtained after processing of current meter measurements [Image: 150KB]

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Coastal forecast

TIDES
OSTEND
[TAW]
 
Time
Elev.
 Low
17:00
1.17 m
 High
23:30
5.52 m
 Table Graph North Sea animation Belgian coastal zone animation

Harmonic prediction 
Ostend 1980–2020:
  *to
Enter as YYYY-MM-DD
  
WIND
WESTHINDER
 Speed 18.32 m/s 
 Sector 295° , WNW 
 Table Graph Line plot North Sea animation
  
WAVES
AKKAERT
 Height 3.13 m
 Table Graph North Sea animation
  
CURRENTS
WESTHINDER
 Graph ploar plot Line plot North Sea animation Belgian coastal zone animation
  
TEMPERATURE
OSTEND
 Graph Daily maps
  
SALINITY
OSTEND
 Graph Daily maps
  
TRANSPORT
  Daily maps
  


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