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Wave model output for central-eastern Mediterranean (1986-)

Data holding centreHellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS)
CountryGreece  Greece
Time periodFrom August 1986 the original model, from October 1995 the new model
Geographical area

Mediterranean Sea


Wave direction; Wave height and period statistics


This numerical prediction wave model is based on Darbyshire's frequency-directional spectrum formulae. This is a spectral wave model which has been originally tested and programmed to run on a computer system CYBER 170-825 of the Hellenic National Meteorological Service and since 1995 has been programmed to run on a workstation. Wind input is obtained from the atmospheric numerical model of the European Centre for Medium Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The wave model has a grid point separation of 50 km and has been set up as a main target for the support of shipping. Every day, 30-36-42-48 hours wave forecast charts are broadcasted to shipping through RADIOFACSIMILE scheduled broadcasts. Several verifications of the wave model output have been made using visual wave observations, which every day are addressed to the HNMS, by ships plying in the Mediterranean Sea. Some verifications of this model have been made using wave measurements from the satellite GEOSAT. Wave data from visual observations carried out by voluntary observing ships has been stored since 1981. These data are still in a manuscript form and therefore are not suitable for direct use.

OriginatorsHellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS)
OrganisationHellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS)
ContactG. Katsimardos

Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS)
El. Venizelou 14 P.O. Box 73502

167 77

Telephone+30-210-9699050, ...9602160
Collating centreHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Hellenic National Oceanographic Data Centre (HCMR/HNODC)
Local identifier6002001
Global identifier1148
Last revised2015-07-16