A brand new radar antenna will monitor Delaware Bay for environmental considerations
The unveiling of a radar antenna at Lewes Beach 2 late last month highlighted the importance of protecting coastal communities by predicting storms and currents in Delaware Bay.
This radio frequency radar antenna not only represents the technological advances brought to Lewes, but also the relationships that have been created to make it all possible.
Presenters at the performance shared stories about their connections with Newarks Mid-Atlantic Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observation System (MARACOOS) and its executive director Gerhard F. Kuska The importance of radar for the Delaware Bay is emphasized.
The antenna, which is attached to 41 radar stations between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, emits a harmless radio signal that is reflected from the water and received on land to indicate the direction and speed of ocean currents.
According to Kuska, several environmental concerns are from Lewes Mayor Theodore Becker and Lewes City Councilsuch as coastal resilience, hazard mitigation, climate impacts and sustainability can now be addressed further.
“Lewes is pleased to support this placement of the antenna here on Strand 2 and recognizes that this placement underscores the city’s first core value,” said Becker. “We have a number of core values and the very first one we identified is that Lewes has a special and unique relationship with the sea. What a great opportunity this antenna offers. “
According to the MARACOOS website, visitors to Delaware beaches rely on their coastal observations for safety in dangerous weather and unforeseen events such as oil spills. The data generated by the antenna can also shorten Coast Guard search times, according to the website, and is intended to keep local fisheries healthy by monitoring the water quality of Delaware Bay.
Other benefits of the antenna include better observation of changes in water quality, the ability to predict currents, and increased coverage of Delaware Bay.
Shawn Garvin, the secretary of the Natural Resources and Environmental Control Department, noted that it is right the National weather service Flood forecast and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Navigation services.
“The real-time data provided by this system will support the intelligence tools DNREC uses to make decisions about how to manage our precious coastal resources carefully,” said Garvin. “Accurate and timely data predicting storms and other coastal threats is essential to support safer and more resilient coastal communities, especially given the impacts and effects of climate change now and in the future.”
The University of Delaware owns the antenna and is in partnership with MARACOOS. Through this partnership, MARACOOS received meteorological and oceanographic data from the experts at the university university College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.
“MARACOOS is an example of an important partnership to actively contribute to the safety, health, economy and general welfare of Delaware people,” University Provost Robin Morgan said.
This new high frequency radar will help keep Delaware people safe and provide further insight into the waters that surround us.
“This radar is only a part, but an important part,” said Sen. Tom Carper said. “Our oceans [and] our coasts are too precious to take for granted. “