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11.09.2014 02:15 Age: 3 yrs
Category: ACORN

Ocean radar on the move

The University of Western Australia (UWA) will become operating institution for the IMOS Ocean Radar Facility (ACORN) from 1 October 2014.


IMOS farewells Professor Lucy Wyatt, the current ACORN Facility Leader.

Professor Lucy Wyatt, the current ACORN Facility Leader at James Cook University (JCU), is returning to the UK.  This has precipitated a change in arrangements.  UWA is in the process of recruiting a new Facility Leader in Perth, and assembling a team of technical and support staff.

“We’re very sorry to see Lucy leave Australia” says IMOS Director, Tim Moltmann.  “She’s done a fantastic job over the last few years and we hope to maintain active collaboration with her when she returns to the University of Sheffield.”

“We’d also like to express our thanks to the technical and support staff at JCU.  Arnstein Prytz and Dan Atwater have been with ACORN from the beginning, and their efforts have been instrumental in establishing an Ocean Radar Facility in Australia.  And Robyn Nickalls has provided sterling support to the team for many years.  We wish them all the best for the future.”

Paul Lethaby (ACORN Technical Officer) is already based at UWA and will continue working with the Facility.  Dan Atwater will continue to work with ACORN until the end of 2014 during which time he will help to train and pass on his expertise to the new team. 

UWA is an experienced operating institution, having run the IMOS Ocean Gilder Facility (ANFOG) since 2006-7. 

IMOS expects that all six ocean radar sites will continue to operate during the transition period, though any faults and breakdowns may take a little longer to resolve until the new arrangements are fully bedded down.  

Enquiries should be sent to acorn-ecm(at)uwa.edu.au.