Comparative Performance of Spectral and Parametric Numerical Wave Prediction Models in Lake Michigan

by David J. Schwab, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental, Research Lab, Ann Arbor, United States,
Robert E. Jensen, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental, Research Lab, Ann Arbor, United States,
Paul C. Liu, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental, Research Lab, Ann Arbor, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond

Abstract: Four different numerical wave prediction models are used to hindcast wave conditions in Lake Michigan for a 10 day case in October, 1988. Results are compared to observed wave height and period measurements from two deep water NOAA weather buoys and from a nearshore Waverider buoy. The results of the comparison show that the accuracy of the interpolated wind fields is probably at least as important as differences in the wave prediction models in explaining the differences between observed and computed waves.

Subject Headings: Numerical models | Lakes | Parameters (statistics) | Comparative studies | Wave spectrum | Model accuracy | Wave measurement | Ocean waves | Federal government | Wave height | Lake Michigan

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