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ADCP-based Monitoring System Aids Operations in Darwin Harbour

Located in Australia’s northern Top End, the port of Darwin has long been a strategic gateway to/from Asia. Due to Australia’s increasing trade links with Asian neighbors, the port and facilities have expanded for increased shipping and business.This expansion has seen a renewed focus on the interplay between the port’s operational, maritime, and natural environments. For example, a large tidal range of almost 8 m drives strong and complex currents, having speeds to 2 m/s. At times, maneuvering Panamax and LNG bulk carrierscan be difficult. While aiding such port operations, marine observing systems can also help reveal processes that impact the sustainable use of these areas(e.g., sediment transport, water quality). These data can also provide ground truth and boundary conditions for computer models used in the port’s development projects.

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