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Consistent wave-mean flow modelling in coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean models


Project timeline
April 2018
24 months
March 2020
General Information
WaveFlow addresses the impact that unresolved wave-mean flow effects have on the circulation in the upper ocean. Specifically, the project aims to introduce recent improvements to the physical parameterizations of wave physics in a state-of-the-art wave model used for operational wave forecasting. The wave fields and fluxes will be implemented in an openly available wave model code and new processes tested with fields and fluxes from a decades-long wave hindcast of the soon to be completed ERA5 reanalysis studied. The tests will be carried out on scales, ranging from vertical column one-dimensional setups to regional, high-resolution models and all the way to global ocean-only and fully coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean forecast systems. The project aims to explore the beneficial impact on the predictability of forecast systems and the potential improvement to the circulation of the upper ocean. The project brings together a consortium with complementary competence on wave and ocean modelling and will lay novel foundations for how wave and ocean models should interact.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaCOPERNICUS Ocean (CMEMS)
Project TypeCOPERNICUS Tender
Contract Number66-SE-CMEMS-CALL2-RD06
Co-ordinatorNorwegian Meteorological Institute (NO)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Joanna Staneva, Institute of Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modeling, Hydrodynamics and Data Assimilation, KSD: +49 (0)4152 87-1804
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European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (UK), NERC-Southampton Oceanography Centre (UK), Norwegian Meteorological Institute (NO)
COPERNICUS Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS)
Last Update: 16. April 2021