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Wave Measurements, Needs and Developments for the Next Decade

V Swail(1), R.E. Jensen(2), B. Lee(3), J. Turton(4), J. Thomas(5), S. Gulev(6), M. Yelland(7), P. Etala(8), D. Meldrum(9), W. Birkemeier(10), W. Burnett(11), G. Warren(12)

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A recent workshop on in-situ wave measurement technology noted that: (1) geographical coverage of in-situ data is still very limited especially as far as any measure of wave directionality is concerned, and most measurements are taken near coasts in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) present in-situ reports are not standardized resulting in impaired utility; (3) significant differences exist in measured waves from different platforms, sensors, processing and moorings. Three main topics were discussed: (1) how to add wave observing capabilities to drifting buoys; (2) how to assess and improve the quality of observations from the present networks of moored buoys; 3) the addition of wave observation capabilities to future moored buoy networks.

1Environment Canada, 4905 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario M3H 5T4 Canada
2USACE/CHL (US Army Corps of Engineers/Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory), 3909 Halls Ferry Rd. Vicksburg, MS, USA
3B. Lee, IOC UNESCO (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France,
4Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter EX1 3PB, United Kingdom
5Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 9500 Gilman Drive, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0225, USA
6P.P. Shishov Inst of Oceanology, RAS (Russian Academy of Sciences), 36 Nakhimovsky ave. 117997, Moscow, Russia
7National Oceanography Centre Southampton, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom
8Servicio Meteorológico de la Armada, Av. Comodoro Py 2055, piso 15, 1104 Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Argentina
9Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Dunbeg, Oban, Scotland, PA37 1QA, United Kingdom
10USACE/FRF (US Army Corps of Engineers/Field Research Facility), 1261 Duck Rd. Kitty Hawk, NC, USA
11NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), National Data Buoy Center, 1007 Balch Blvd., Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, USA
12National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre, Bureau of Meteorology, GPO Box 1289, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: Val.Swail@ec.gc.ca

This paper shall be cited as:

Swail, V. & Co-Authors (2010). "Wave Measurements, Needs and Developments for the Next Decade" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.87

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