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A global ensemble of ocean wave climate statistics from contemporary wave reanalysis and hindcasts

June 22, 2022

There are numerous global ocean wave reanalysis and hindcast products currently being distributed and used across different scientific fields. However, there is not a consistent dataset that can sample across all existing products based on a standardized framework. Here, we present and describe the first coordinated multi-product ensemble of present-day global wave fields available to date. This dataset, produced through the Coordinated Ocean Wave Climate Project (COWCLIP) phase 2, includes general and extreme statistics of significant wave height (Hs), mean wave period (Tm) and mean wave direction (θm) computed across 1980–2014, at different frequency resolutions (monthly, seasonally, and annually). This coordinated global ensemble has been derived from fourteen state-of-the-science global wave products obtained from different atmospheric reanalysis forcing and downscaling methods. This data set has been processed, under a specific framework for consistency and quality, following standard Data Reference Syntax, Directory Structures and Metadata specifications. This new comprehensive dataset provides support to future broad-scale analysis of historical wave climatology and variability as well as coastal risk and vulnerability assessments across offshore and coastal engineering applications.

Publication Year 2022
Title A global ensemble of ocean wave climate statistics from contemporary wave reanalysis and hindcasts
DOI 10.1038/s41597-022-01459-3
Authors Joao Morim, Li H. Erikson, Mark Hemer, Ian Young, Xiaochun Wang, Nobuhito Mori, T. Shimura, Justin Stopa, Claire Trenham, Lorenzo Mentaschi, S. Gulev, V.D. Sharmar, L. Bricheno, Judy Wolf, Ole Aarnes, Paula Camus, J Bidlot, A. Semedo, B. Reguero, T. Wahl
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Scientific Data
Index ID 70232629
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center