Reliability and efficiency of a coupled wind-wave-current forecasting system for Cook Inlet, Alaska

Gaurav Singhal, Vijay Panchang, Juan Horrillo, Chan Kwon Jeong

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Abstract

Knowledge of ocean weather conditions is important for mariners, offshore oil and gas operations, evacuation procedures, and sustainable management of coastal resources. While NOAA provides forecasts of ocean weather for outer oceans, these forecasts do not cover near-shore areas which present their own challenges such as complex coastal morphology, more complex wave dynamics, etc. To supplement NOAA's efforts, we describe the development of a coupled wind-wave-current forecasting system for Cook Inlet (CI), Alaska. The system utilizes two-way coupling to incorporate the effects of wave-current interaction in the forecasting scheme. Results indicate that the inclusion of surface-currents greatly affects the wave dynamics in the northern CI. During flood currents, the modeled wave heights are found to increase by as much as 50% compared to those without the effect of currents. However, preliminary findings suggest that the effect of wave model on the circulation model is marginal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolutions to Coastal Disasters 2011 - Proceedings of the 2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference
Pages109-119
Number of pages11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201129 Jun 2011

Other

Other2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period25/6/1129/6/11

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wind wave
ocean
coastal morphology
wave-current interaction
wave height
weather
oil
resource
gas
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Gases
forecast

Keywords

  • Alaska
  • Forecasting
  • Inlets (waterway)
  • Storm surges
  • Wind waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Economic Geology

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Singhal, G., Panchang, V., Horrillo, J., & Jeong, C. K. (2011). Reliability and efficiency of a coupled wind-wave-current forecasting system for Cook Inlet, Alaska. In Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011 - Proceedings of the 2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference (pp. 109-119) https://doi.org/10.1061/41185(417)11

Reliability and efficiency of a coupled wind-wave-current forecasting system for Cook Inlet, Alaska. / Singhal, Gaurav; Panchang, Vijay; Horrillo, Juan; Jeong, Chan Kwon.

Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011 - Proceedings of the 2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference. 2011. p. 109-119.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Singhal, G, Panchang, V, Horrillo, J & Jeong, CK 2011, Reliability and efficiency of a coupled wind-wave-current forecasting system for Cook Inlet, Alaska. in Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011 - Proceedings of the 2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference. pp. 109-119, 2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference, Anchorage, AK, United States, 25/6/11. https://doi.org/10.1061/41185(417)11
Singhal G, Panchang V, Horrillo J, Jeong CK. Reliability and efficiency of a coupled wind-wave-current forecasting system for Cook Inlet, Alaska. In Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011 - Proceedings of the 2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference. 2011. p. 109-119 https://doi.org/10.1061/41185(417)11
Singhal, Gaurav ; Panchang, Vijay ; Horrillo, Juan ; Jeong, Chan Kwon. / Reliability and efficiency of a coupled wind-wave-current forecasting system for Cook Inlet, Alaska. Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011 - Proceedings of the 2011 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference. 2011. pp. 109-119
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