Wave climate in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia: evaluation of an ocean HF radar system and WaveWatch3

Jaffrés, Jasmine B.D., and Heron, Malcolm L. (2011) Wave climate in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia: evaluation of an ocean HF radar system and WaveWatch3. In: Proccedings of OCEANS 2011, pp. 1-6. From: OCEANS 2011 MTS/IEEE Kona, 19-22 September 2011, Waikoloa, HI, USA.

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Abstract

The impact of waves on the environment (e.g. erosion) and industries (incl. shipping and tourism) can be very significant. Here, we are presenting analysis of coastal wave data in the southern Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia, using a combination of observational data (HF radar) and a numerical wave model (WaveWatch3). The modeled significant wave height fields compare reasonably well with those obtained from the radar stations, inducing confidence in the two datasets. The radar-produced wave fields are spatially more variable compared to the model results, linked to the influence of wind stress resolution and currents in accurately determining wave characteristics.

Item ID: 19645
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef, HF radar, drifter tracking, separation distance
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ISBN: 978-1-4577-1427-6
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 04:31
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0405 Oceanography > 040503 Physical Oceanography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961104 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments @ 100%
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