CAWCR Wave Hindcast 1979-2010

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CAWCR Wave Hindcast 1979-2010

Ocean wave hindcast, using the WaveWatch III v4.08 wave model forced with NCEP CFSR hourly winds and daily sea ice, 1979-2010. The dataset contains spectral wave output at 3683 points, as well as gridded outputs on a global 0.4 degree (24 arcminute) grid, with nested Australian and western Pacific subgrids of 10 and 4 arcminutes resolution. For fu... more

Atmospheric Sciences not elsewhere classified Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes) Natural Hazards Physical Oceanography

01 Jan 1979

31 Dec 2010

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CAWCR wave hindcast extension Jan 2011 - May 2013


The hindcast was performed using the WAVEWATCH III(TM) model version 4.08. The model was run on a 0.4 x 0.4° global grid with a series of nested grids of 10 arcminutes (~18km) down to 4 arcminutes (~7km) in the Western Pacific and Australian regions. Wave spectra were discretised over 29 frequencies exponentially spaced from 0.038 Hz to 0.5 Hz and 24 directions with a constant 15° directional resolution. All grids were forced with Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) surface winds at 0.3° spatial and hourly temporal resolution. Hourly sea ice concentrations from the CFSR data set were also used to define the ice edge. Data output in NetCDF4 format.

Input data: NCEP CFSR surface winds and sea ice, Wave model used: WaveWatch III, The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR) is a partnership between the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. Hindcast modelling undertaken as part of the PACCSAP (Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning) Project 4.3 "High resolution wind-wave climate and projections of change in the Pacific region for coastal hazard assessments" in 2012. This project was funded by DCCEE and AusAID and undertaken jointly by CSIRO and the BoM. Model run on the Bureau of Meteorology SOLAR facility.

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Bureau of Meteorology (Australia), CSIRO (Australia)

Durrant, Thomas; Hemer, Mark; Trenham, Claire; Greenslade, Diana (2013): CAWCR Wave Hindcast 1979-2010. v8. CSIRO. Service Collection.

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78°0′0″ N

78°0′0″ S

0°23′59.978″ W

0°0′0″ E


About this Project

CLSD 4.3 PACCSAP - High resolution wind-

PACCSAP Project 4.3: High resolution wind-wave climate and projections of change in the Pacific region for coastal hazard assessments

Mark Hemer


Wave hindcast using WaveWatch III v4.08, forced with NCEP CFSR surface wind and sea ice data.


Thomas Durrant

Mark Hemer

Claire Trenham

Diana Greenslade

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