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Current measurement

Current velocity (speed and direction) data measurements are used by oceanographers to help determine the likely forces on structures such as offshore wind turbine foundations, deepwater drilling and production risers, or as part of the design of renewable energy systems such as tidal turbines. Coastal engineers use current measurement data to determine sediment dispersal and possible environmental impact from activities such as dredging or to help select the most appropriate layout for ports and harbours. Inland, current meters are used to gauge the flow rate in rivers and man-made channels for environmental studies and hydrometric work.