Lucinda Jetty Coastal Observatory (LJCO)

The Lucinda Jetty Coastal Observatory is located near the mouth of the Herbert River, at the border of the wet and dry tropical regions off the northeast coast of Australia. It is the only permanent ground truthing station for the Sentinel missions in the Southern Hemisphere.

Below is an animation of the 1 km resolution eReefs hydrodynamic model showing the surface currents in the vicinity of LJCO site (click on the figure to start the animation). The site is shown as a white circle. Note the currents are predominantly from the south (often with the influence of the Burdekin River), and from the east, with occasional slack times. At this time, the Herbert River plume flows north due to the rotation of the Earth, with only the river mouth bulge slightly impacting the LJCO site.