Dr. Klaus-Werner Gurgel
Klaus-Werner Gurgel (IEEE M'94) received the diploma in electrical engineering from the University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany, in 1980 and the Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Hamburg, in 1993.
From 1980 to 1985, he was responsible for the technical development and deployment of the University of Hamburg's HF radar during numerous experiments, which at that time was based on NOAA's Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar (CODAR). From 1985 to 1993, he was working on a shipborne version of the CODAR for applications at the Arctic Front. In 1996, he developed a new HF radar system called WEllen RAdar (WERA) within the European Union (EU) funded project "Surface Current And Wave Variability Experiment" (SCAWVEX), which was later on used within the EU funded projects "European Radar Ocean SEnsing" (EuroROSE) and "Weather Information Network, Guidance, and Supervision onboard Ships" (Wings-for-Ships). Ater a technology transfer to industry, WERA is now commercially available and applied by several Universities and Institutions worldwide.
Dr. Gurgel currently is a research scientist at the University of Hamburg, Institute of Oceanography, and involved within numerous projects on radar remote sensing. Since November 2004, he is Adjunct Professor at the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Fl, USA. Dr. Gurgel is member a member of IEEE Oceanic Engineering, Geoscience & Remote Sensing, and Antennas and Propagation Society.
- Propagation and backscattering of electromagnetic waves from the sea surface
- Studies of oceanographic phenomena like eddis and fronts by HF radar
- Further development of HF radar hardware and algorithms
The use of HF radar networks within operational forecasting systems of coastal regions:
- Accuracy of the measurements
- Model statistics and data assimilation
- Real-time aspects
This work has close linkage to EuroGOOS, the European Global Ocean Observing System.