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Global ocean mean wave period data: validation and description

Global ocean mean wave period data: validation and description
Global ocean mean wave period data: validation and description
A global comparison of altimeter and ERA-40 mean wave period data is performed for the first time. Altimeter and ERA-40 mean wave period are shown to compare well in non-swell-dominated conditions. Triply collocated altimeter, buoy, and ERA-40 data show that the variance of the random errors is bigger for the ERA-40 data and smaller for the buoy data. A new expression is given to relate altimeter data to wave period in wind-dominated conditions. Provided this correction is applied, altimeter data are adequate for the most needed validation of global model mean wave period data in non-swell-dominated conditions. Triply collocated altimeter, buoy, and ERA-40 also reveal that altimeter mean wave period is reliable even in swell conditions for moderate to high winds, in contrast to previous suggestions which limited its validity to wind-dominated seas.
0148-0227
C02003-[12pp]
Caires, S.
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Sterl, A.
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Gommenginger, C.P.
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Caires, S.
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Sterl, A.
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Gommenginger, C.P.
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Caires, S., Sterl, A. and Gommenginger, C.P. (2005) Global ocean mean wave period data: validation and description. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110 (C2), C02003-[12pp]. (doi:10.1029/2004JC002631).

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A global comparison of altimeter and ERA-40 mean wave period data is performed for the first time. Altimeter and ERA-40 mean wave period are shown to compare well in non-swell-dominated conditions. Triply collocated altimeter, buoy, and ERA-40 data show that the variance of the random errors is bigger for the ERA-40 data and smaller for the buoy data. A new expression is given to relate altimeter data to wave period in wind-dominated conditions. Provided this correction is applied, altimeter data are adequate for the most needed validation of global model mean wave period data in non-swell-dominated conditions. Triply collocated altimeter, buoy, and ERA-40 also reveal that altimeter mean wave period is reliable even in swell conditions for moderate to high winds, in contrast to previous suggestions which limited its validity to wind-dominated seas.

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Published date: February 2005

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Local EPrints ID: 17409
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/17409
ISSN: 0148-0227
PURE UUID: 73712b2f-f77e-4a39-84f3-2828bf1fbdf7

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Date deposited: 07 Sep 2005
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:29

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Author: S. Caires
Author: A. Sterl
Author: C.P. Gommenginger

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