Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.

Project Center

MIT Lincoln Laboratory-Lexington, Massachusetts


The focus of this project was the design and implementation of a maritime radar simulation developed in MATLAB to aid in the understanding of the effects of ocean waves on radar. The purpose of this simulation is to be used as a toolbox for the future development of detection algorithms for small boats on or near the ocean surface. The team delivered three simulations to the MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff. The first simulation focused on the integration of a one-dimensional ocean model and a chirp radar model. The second deliverable extended the first simulation to include a two-dimensional ocean model and a boat wake model. The third simulation introduced a phased array radar model. These simulations were verified against publicly available data and models.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2012


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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