The Flemish Agency of Maritime and Coastal Service (MDK) is responsible for a safe and smooth shipping traffic from and to Flemish harbours. Other main objectives of this governmental organization are coastal protection, as well as integrated and sustainable management of the seashore. A recent collaboration between the MDK and our research group concerns the development of processing algorithms for GNSS measurements from a buoy in the North Sea. These measurements allow tidal monitoring at open sea, and require the highest possible accuracy and certainty in a limited time frame. Consequently, procedures for the improvement and assessment of the data quality are indispensable. Our research group aims to find a solution for these challenges using open-source software and advanced statistical and mathematical tools. Measurements from other sensors, like wind speed, temperature, pressure, wave heights,... are also incorporated in the analyses.
Vlaams Agentschap voor Maritieme Dienstverlening, dienst Kust (Ir. Hans Poppe)