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Waves Anywhere: Real-Time Wave Modeling at Integral

By Grace Chang, Ph.D., Technical Director


Although forecast wave models are publicly available and widely used in the scientific community, implementation of real-time forecast modeling is generally limited to government organizations. There is a need within the broader business community for a tool that can be used in real time to support custom site applications such as coastal hazards evaluations and offshore operational planning.


We developed a framework that enables rapid deployment of local high-resolution forecasts and provides regional high-resolution hindcasts where not previously available. Our model integrates the most recent wind forecasts made available by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction to offer updated, 8-day, WW3 forecasts at 6‑hour intervals.


The system provides real-time access to wave predictions and supports coastal and open ocean operations requiring high-resolution forecasts or hindcasts. Bringing this capability directly to our clients eliminates the need for third-party solutions to meet project-specific requirements and reduces the cost of projects that involve wave predictions.

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Dr. Grace Chang has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of limnology and oceanography. Dr. Chang has... Full bio

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