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Improving the uptake of satellite-derived wind-wave and swell data by the scientific, operational and commercial user community.

Information on wind-driven waves on the sea surface is of high importance to shipping, offshore and coastal engineering, weather forecasting, the management of coastal zones and tourism.  But despite the important benefits of the application of wave observations from space, and the relatively good availability of satellite wave data, there remains good scope for improving the uptake of this data by the user community.

Project References
 Name GlobWave
 Title Improving the uptake of satellite-derived wind-wave and swell data by the scientific, operational and commercial user community.
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Glob-series
 Cost €930k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status In progress (16/01/2009 - 31/12/2012)
 Sensors Cryosat-2
ERS-1/2 : RA
ERS-1/2 : SAR
GEOSAT Follow-on
Jason-1 : Poseidon:2
OSTM/Jason-2 : Poseidon-3 altimeter
Project Description
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The objective of the GlobWave project is to improve the uptake of satellite-derived wind-wave and swell data by the scientific, operational and commercial user community. The project covers the development of an integrated set of information services based on satellite wave data, and the operation and maintenance of these services for a demonstration period. The project encompasses the following tasks:

  1. Development and maintenance of a GlobWave web portal providing a single point of reference for satellite wave data and associated calibration and validation information.
  2. Intercomparison of SAR and altimeter wave data with colocated in-situ measurements, and cross characterisation between different satellite data streams, and between satellite and wave model data.
  3. Provision via the GlobWave web portal of a uniform, harmonised, quality controlled, multi-sensor set of satellite wave data and ancillary information, in a common format, with consistent characterisation of errors and biases.
  4. Development and demonstration of a pilot extension of the JCOMM Wave Forecast Verification Scheme to include spatial intercomparison with satellite wave data sets.

These activities are intended to make it easier for the global user community to use satellite wave data, to facilitate routine comparisons with wave models, and to stimulate the development of model assimilation.

 Results GlobWave Newsletter August 2011
GlobWave Newsletter February 2012
GlobWave Newsletter July 2010
GlobWave Newsletter September 2009
Satellite Wave Data Quality Report
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor Logica Ltd :
 Subcontractors CLS : Collecte Localisation Satellites
Ifremer : French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea - Ocean Research Division - Laboratory of Oceanography from Space (DRO)
NOCS : National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
SatOC : Satellite Oceanographic Consultants Limited
User Partnership
C.U.G.RI. : C.U.G.RI. University Centre for Research on Major Hazards
DLR : German Aerospace Center
ECMWF : European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
Edisoft : EDISOFT S.A.
Fugro Oceanor : Fugro Oceanor
GlobOcean : GlobOcean
HCMR : Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
HR Wallingford : HR Wallingford
Ifremer ERT/HO : Ifremer ERT/HO
Ifremer LOS : Ifremer LOS
JMA : Office of Marine Prediction, Japan
Met Office : Met Office Hadley Centre
MET.NO : Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Meteo-France : Meteo-France
NERSC : Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
NIO : National Institute of Oceanography
NOCS : National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton
Nowcasting International : Nowcasting International Ltd.
NTUA : School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering,
OCEANICOS : National University of Colombia, Oceanography and Coastal Engineering Research Group
OPPE : Organismo Publico Puertos del Estados
POL : Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Ltd.
RDANH : Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and Hydrography
S.O.S. : Satellite Observing Systems Ltd,
SHOM : French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service
SIO : P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanography
UCC CMRC : Coastal and Marine Resources Centre,
UKMO : United Kingdom Met Office
University of Edinburgh : University of Edinburgh
University of Plymouth : University of Plymouth
Contact Points
 Project Manager Geoff Busswell
Project Manager, Space & Satcoms
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 Technical Officer Simon Pinnock
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