Verification of a Coastal Wave Transfer Function for the New South Wales Coastline

This paper presents three different methods for a Wave Transfer Function to transfer measured and hindcast (modelled) wave data from deep water across the continental shelf offshore of NSW to the nearshore.

Date
1 September 2015
Publisher
Office of Environment and Heritage
Type
Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
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A detailed understanding of spatial and temporal variability in oceanic and nearshore wave climates is essential to better assess the present and future risks of coastal hazards such as erosion and inundation. Previously, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) have developed a NSW Coastal Ocean Wave Model System, comprising coupled WAVEWATCH-III and SWAN spectral wave models. That model system has been applied to develop long-term wave hindcast data sets, see [1] and [2], at offshore locations along the NSW coastline. However, due to the computational effort required to transfer the deep-water wave data sets to the shoreline, the process of dynamically simulating nearshore wave climates can only be carried out on a project-specific basis for selected locations at present.