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.
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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,
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