AN EVALUATION OF TWO WAVE FORECAST MODELS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN REGION

M. Rossouw, D. Phelp

Abstract


The forecasting of wave conditions in the oceans off Southern Africa is important for both offshore and coastal marine operations in the area. The accuracy of wave forecasts for the area from models operated in Europe has, however, not been high. One of the main reasons is that the local measurement of waves has not been taken into account. Since the necessary infrastructure for operational wave forecasting is locally available in South Africa, a decision has been taken to establish a local facility whereby a numerical wave forecast model will be implemented. This paper focuses on the comparison of two operational wave forecast models in order to assist in the selection of an appropriate model for the South African region.

Keywords


wave forecasting; forecast model; South Africa

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