Bibliography of Wind-Wave Data and Publications for the Coastal Regions of Australia.
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)
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Operational sites providing near real-time wind-wave and swell measurements are listed for the coastal waters of Australia, as at February 1996. A representative listing of historical data sites is also provided, with a comprehensive bibliography of papers and reports on wave investigations. An introduction to wave conditions around Australia is included. Real-time high resolution digital data are available from moored wave-rider buoys, mostly non-directional, and from fixed platforms used by the oil and gas industry. A coastal radar provide directional wave spectra in Gulf St Vincent. Lower resolution near real-time data are available from satellite altimetry and synthetic aperture radar systems, but not usually within about 80 km of the coast. The JINDALEE over the horizon radar experimental array covers the northwest seas of Australia, and is planned to be expanded to cover the area from Geraldton to Cairns. Spot visual observations of sea conditions are made for beach watch and surf reports, from fixed positions such as lighthouses and oil platforms, and from transiting vessels. The Bureau of Meteorology runs a Wide Area Model WAM for deepwater wave prediction, using satellite and ship observations as inputs.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography