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POLCOMS and WAM model runs of the UK Continental Shelf, generating surface and bottom wave and current data for 10 years from 1999-2008 inclusive

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFor 10 years from 1999-2008 inclusive
Geographical area

UK Continental Shelf


Horizontal spatial co-ordinates; Sea level; Date and time; Wave direction; Wave height estimates; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Wave height and period statistics


This dataset consists of (1) Bulk properties of sea surface waves, including significant wave height, period and direction. Some additional wave properties relevant to their impact at the sea bed are also included: friction velocity, bottom orbital velocity, direction and period at the sea bed. (2) Depth-averaged eastward and northward current components and sea surface height above sea level. Additionally, eastward and northward current induced stresses at the sea bed. The modelled two datasets are prepared on the same regular grid. With a resolution of around 1/9th x 1/6th degree, i.e. ~ 12km. The continental shelf model extends from 48 to 63 degrees longitude north and from 12 degrees longitude west to 13 degrees longitude east. The dataset was generated by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Coastal Ocean Modelling System (POLCOMS) and the spectral wave model (WAM). The data are available in single monthly files, for a 10 year period from January 1999 to December 2008, the POLCOMS data are 30 minute averages, and the WAM data are hourly. The dataset was generated by the UK National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool. The dataset consists of 240 data files in Climate and Forecast (CF) compliant NetCDF format, 120 from POLCOMS and 120 from WAM. This work is funded by the Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) under contract MEPF 09-P114 and NERC National Capability funding. More information about the modelled data set and its applications can be found in Bricheno et al. (2015), and Aldridge et al. (2014).

OriginatorsBritish Oceanographic Data Centre

Aldridge J.N., Parker E.R., Bricheno L.M., Green S.L., van der Molen J. (2015) Assessing Physical Disturbance of the Seabed by Waves and Currents: Application to the Northern European Continental Shelf, Continental Shelf Research; Lucy M. Bricheno, Judith Wolf, John Aldridge (2015) Distribution of natural disturbance due to wave and tidal bed currents around the UK, Continental Shelf Research

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

British Oceanographic Data Centre
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 (0)782 512 0946
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048POLCOMS_WAM_UKCS_1999-2008
Global identifier6364
Last revised2016-03-14