Practical Application of Acoustic Doppler Profilers

by Robert C. Hamilton, Evans-Hamilton Inc, Houston, TX, USA,
Kenneth J. Schaudt, Evans-Hamilton Inc, Houston, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This paper discusses the advantages and limitations of the acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP), and it reviews some of the experience gained to date with the ADCP relevant to currents in the coastal zone. In particular NOAA's experience in Delaware Bay and Miami Harbor are summarized, scientific usage is reviewed, and commercial applications are described. Particular emphasis is given to current measurements in Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Mexico by the oil industry, with representative data being shown. The economic benefits derived from using an ADCP, and its possible applications in solving coastal zone problems are discussed.

Subject Headings: Doppler systems | Acoustics | Ocean currents | Flow measurement | Wave measurement | Economic factors | Sea water | Ocean waves | United States | Delaware | Miami | Florida | Gulf of Mexico

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