The purpose of this project is:
1. Integrate ongoing efforts in a number of European institutions to produce a new joint state-of-the-art European Coupled Atmospheric-Wave-Ocean Model (ECAWOM). This is to be used as a common tool for studying improved physics and numerics and for a wide variety of applications in European seas.
2. Coordinate ongoing efforts in the use of satellite data to derive wind and wave fields and use this data together with conventional data effectively in models.
Part 1 of the project is motivated by the fact that a better assessment and understanding of the exchanges of momentum and energy taking place under varying environmental conditions at the air-sea-interfaces, especially during storms are of utmost importance for weather prediction, climate studies as well as storm surges, coastal protection and other studies involving hydrodynamic modelling.
Part 2 is motivated by the fact that in the near future there will be available extensive data on sea surface properties obtained from satellites, such as the first European Observing Satellite ERS- 1.
The central goal of the project is to effectively use these data in the best possible coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean model, in conjunction with the best possible data assimilated system, that European laboratories can jointly produce.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
2500 EX Den Haag ('S-gravenhage)
L43 7RA Birkenhead
3730 AE De Bilt
8300 AD Emmeloord