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Model generated depth-averaged eastward and northward currents in the Irish Sea for the Coastal Flooding by Extreme Events (CoFEE) project (1996 - 2007)

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectCoastal Flooding by Extreme Events(CoFEE)
Time period01 January 1996 to 01 January 2007
Geographical area

North Channel, Liverpool Bay, Irish Sea, St Georges Channel, Bristol Channel and Celtic Sea


Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents)




This dataset consists of depth-averaged eastward and northward current components. Also present is the sea surface height above sea level. The dataset is a gridded dataset, with grid resolution of 1.85 km. It covers the entire Irish Sea area, with a precise range from -2.7 degrees longitude to -7 degrees longitude and from 51 degrees latitude to 56 degrees latitude. The data are 30 minute averages and cover the period from 01 January 1996 to 01 January 2007. The dataset was generated by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Coastal Ocean Modelling System coupled with the Wave Modelling model (POLCOMS-WAM) as part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) CoFEE project which ran from April 2007 to September 2010. The depth-averaged eastward and northward current components and sea surface height were used as input conditions into a coastal processes and sediment transport model which looked at the response of the north Liverpool coastline to extreme flooding events. The dataset was generated by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (since April 2010, part of the UK National Oceanography Centre). The dataset consists of 264 data files in Climate and Forecast (CF) compliant NetCDF format.

OriginatorsProudman Oceanographic Laboratory

Brown, Jennifer M.; Souza, Alejandro J.; Wolf, Judith (2010) An 11-year validation of wave-surge modelling in the Irish Sea, using a nested POLCOMS-WAM modelling system. Ocean Modelling, 33. 118-128.,

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OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

British Oceanographic Data Centre
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
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United Kingdom

Telephone+44 (0)151 795 4884
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048COFEE_POLWAM_UV_Z
Global identifier5782
Last revised2012-07-02