WIS
Wave Information Studies

Meet our Partners

The US Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District provided funding to generate multiple long-term wave climatology estimates along their shoreline. This was the first opportunity to implement temporal and spatially varying ice coverage in this complex environment. In addition the Alaska District support the migration of all of wave information, products through a Google Earth interface, now used by the Wave Information Study.
The Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) partners with WIS on the collection of essential validation data sets, and the development and application of wavefield analysis technology. The Corps of Engineers is a co-sponsor of CDIP.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a strong partner in WIS activities. WIS participates in the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) observing program, which provides essential hindcast validation. The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GRERL) has been instrumental in providing boundary condition data, ice field archives and technical guidance for the Great Lakes Hindcasts. The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) collaborates with WIS on the use of the WaveWatch III numerical wave model used for the Pacific Hindcast.
NDBC: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
GLERL: http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/
NCEP: http://www.ncep.noaa.gov/
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has supported WIS hindcast studies in the Great Lakes.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is collaborating with WIS on climate change effects in the Alaska domain.
The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) supports the installation and maintenance of observations used for WIS validations, and WIS contributes both data and model outputs to IOOS.
Environment Canada supports observations and modeling in the Great Lakes, Eastern Pacific, and Western Atlantic Oceans.
Oceanweather provides high-resolution wind fields, including kinematic reanalysis of critical storm events, for use in forcing the WIS wave models.
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The Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) maintains the WAM wave model used for several of the WIS hindcasts. WIS collaborates with HZG on the test and evaluation of WAM source term improvements.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), together with the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology, addresses met/ocean observations, data management and service products. WIS is an active participant in JCOMM.
WIS collaborates with the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on the development and implementation of the WAM numerical wave model used for several WIS hindcasts.
University of Michigan (UM) has contributed data to support validation of the WIS Lake Michigan hindcast.
WIS has a long standing partnership with University of Miami/Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) that has focused on numerical wave modeling and Hurricane forecasting.
University of Alaska Fairbanks has contributed to WIS wave modeling and data collection in Alaska.