Study: Wave Data Can Improve Forecasts that Help Search and Rescue Operations and Oil Spill Response – August 26, 2013

Scientists with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute are quantifying wave effects for use in ocean models that predict the direction of surface water movement.  Wave_Data_590Calculations that go into these models have important implications and relevant applications: improving them can provide better information in time-critical situations such as accidents and disasters.

Researchers found that “the predictability of drift trajectories can be improved by adding wave information from a numerical wave model” with each “wave feature” helping to reduce uncertainties.  They published their findings in the December 2012 edition of Ocean Dynamics: Observation-based evaluation of surface wave effects on currents and trajectory forecasts.

Click for full story…