REON current data goes to knots for Hudson River Pilots in Albany

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The River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) research team recently responded to a request by the Hudson River Pilots Association for a mariner-friendly version of the current speed at the Dutch Apple location of its Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) in Albany. The data, which the pilots regularly access through the Beacon Institute website is now presented in knots, alleviating the need for conversion from centimeters per second, its former measurement standard.

The Port of Albany presents a challenge for the deeply loaded ships as pilots navigate its narrow channel with vessels of up to 650 feet in length and 30 feet from the waterline to the bottom of the hull. Having accurate readings of current speed is critical to the pilots and the real-time REON data available at the Dutch Apple site is a valuable tool for their safe navigation of these waters.