How to use Wave Maps
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Written by Keryn McMaster
Updated over a week ago
  • Click on forecast then wave maps from the left menu bar. The Wave model is the ECMWF at 14km, 50km and 100km resolution.

  • The colour gradients show the significant wave height for swell and wind waves, the black arrows show the primary wave direction, and the contours indicate the mean swell period in seconds.

  • The wave height is the mean wave height from trough to crest of the highest third of the waves, which is known as the 'significant wave height'. The significant wave height is generated from the primary swell and also the local wind wave. Also taken into account is the effect of ocean current. As the significant wave height is an average, it is possible you may encounter a wave that is roughly double the significant wave height depending on the conditions. By moving your cursor over the map you can see the wave height, period and direction.

  • Use the animation controls to play or pause the animation, or click on the timeline to jump to a forecast time. Use the zoom controls on the map or your mouse wheel, or the trackpad in your laptop to control your view.

  • Hover your mouse pointer on the maps for detailed data of that point, or click the pointer on a point of interest for the detailed data.

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