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Hindcast of dynamic processes of the ocean and coastal areas of Europe


Project timeline
June 2000
48 months
May 2004
General Information
The planning of the sustainable development of economic activities in European waters require long term information about the prevailing environmental conditions so as to be able to assess the climate and plan the activities accordingly. The objective of this project is to provide high-resolution (in space and time) hindcasts of wind, waves and currents over the last 40 years for selected European coastal areas. In particular these areas comprise the North Sea, the Irish Sea, the North East Atlantic south of the United Kingdom including the Azores and Canary Islands and the Mediterranean Sea. The hindcasts will be obtained from state-of-the art regional models of the atmosphere, the waves, and the currents and will include also the collection of available in-situ and space-born measurements as well as verification and validation of the hindcasts. The methodology is based on a "regional reanalysises" approach and uses the global coarse grid NCEP-Reanalyses as as starting point.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP5-EESD-1999, Global change, climate and biodiversity, Better exploitation of existing data and adaptation of existing observing systems (1.1.4.-2.4.1)
Project TypeRTD
Contract NumberEVK2-CT-1999-00038
Co-ordinatorInstituto Superior Técnico (PT)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Ralf Weiße, Institute for Coastal Research, KSA Phone: +49-4152-87 2819, Fax : +49-4152-87 2818 Dr. Heinz Günther, Institute for Coastal Research, KSD Phone: +49-4152-87 1504, Fax : +49-4152-87 1565
E-mail contact
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Ente Publico Puertos del Estado (ES), Instituto Superior Tecnico (PT), National University of Ireland (IE), Scop Meteomer SART (FR)

(completed May 2003)

Last Update: 16. April 2021