What is it about?

This study addresses the need for practical tools to validate wave model results using satellite altimetry data. The ALTWAVE toolbox, developed for oceanographers and coastal engineers, enables the validation of wave models by comparing visual features and statistical estimates with satellite-derived altimetry. The article showcases the toolbox's capabilities and provides a sample application for validating a one-year wave hindcast in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Why is it important?

Accurate characterization of ocean physical processes, such as wave height and wind speed, is crucial for coastal planning, marine infrastructure design, risk assessment, and other applications. Satellite altimetry data offers valuable insights for validating wave models, but practical tools for this purpose are limited. The ALTWAVE toolbox fills this gap, empowering wave modelers without altimeter data experience to effectively validate their results. It enhances the reliability of wave models, leading to improved coastal management and decision-making.


Conducting this study was motivated by the lack of clear guidance in the existing literature on validating wave model results using altimetry. I recognized the importance of bridging this gap and developed the ALTWAVE toolbox as a comprehensive solution. By providing step-by-step instructions and scripts, I aimed to empower wave modelers lacking altimeter data experience. This publication represents a significant contribution to the field, enabling researchers and practitioners to validate wave models accurately and enhance their confidence in predicting oceanic processes. It is rewarding to address this knowledge gap and offer a practical tool that can drive advancements in wave modeling and its applications.

Christian Appendini
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

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This page is a summary of: ALTWAVE: Toolbox for use of satellite L2P altimeter data for wave model validation, Advances in Space Research, March 2016, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2015.12.015.
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