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Experimental Revised Wave Terminology in the Coastal Waters Forecast
Proposed to Extend Comment Pd
Data Mining Tool
Outreach / Education
Provide enhanced descriptions of the wave environment in the coastal waters. This will eliminate the terms “wind wave” and “swell” from the CWF and replace them with more descriptive wave systems. the enhanced wave terminology will introduce an overall sea state to every forecast period and provide a wave period for each significant wave system. Each forecast period will contain at minimum the overall sea height and a dominant period. At maximum given forecast periods will contain an overall sea height and its component wave systems and associated wave periods. At most, four wave systems could be listed. The old way of creating the CWF forces forecasters to arbitrarily break a combined sea state into swell and wind wave components using nomograms from the middle of the last century. Moving toward enhanced wave terminology allows the forecaster to detach from rules of the last century and leverage off of modern technology and establish a framework for utilization of future wave modeling advances.
Product information and survey access
Point of Contact
Brian Garcia firstname.lastname@example.org
Document (e.g. PDD)
PDD Wave Terminology 033015.pdf
Comment Start Date:
2015-07-13 Comment End Date: 2016-07-01
Approved to extend comment period.
Last edit date to this meta-data: 2018-01-19