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Marine Consulting

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Custom consulting requests or historical data: consulting@buoyweather.com

We also offer historical ocean and weather data for offshore projects.

The Surfline/Buoyweather staff offers custom consulting services for projects with special needs. Our team of experts has a combined 138 years experience in the fields of Meteorology, Oceanography, Engineering, and related fields. Meet the Team.

Historical Data and Forensic Analysis

Buoyweather provides extensive analysis to customers in need of the details with regard to sea state and weather conditions from just days to many years in the past. Our team of scientists are experts in the analysis of historical weather and ocean data and can provide specific reports suited to your needs.

Example projects including but not limited to:

  • Hurricane/Tropical Storm Case Studies
  • Incident Analysis - Attorney's and legal proceedings who want to determine the exact ocean and weather conditions at a specific time when an incident may have taken place.

See the bottom of this page for an example forensic analysis provided by our team to the US Sailing Investigative Panel. Contact us with the details of the project and we will reply quickly with an estimate or request further information.

In addition to the above, Buoyweather also has access to 34 years of historical wind and ocean data from NOAA's WAVEWATCH III model. Please see our Historical Data Page for details on this dataset and how to get access to it.

Forecasting Services

Buoyweather provides official forecasting services for organizers of Fishing Tournaments, Offshore Sailing Regattas, Surfing Contests, and other related events. This includes weather and safety information provided to the event organizers prior to and during the event if needed. Our team of expert marine meteorologists are trained to break down important marine weather phenomenon to event organizers in an easy to understand format. This can save valuable time when managing an event and maximize safety and other resources. Our team also has experience providing onsite support, marine weather training, and weather briefings for various events.

Recent Official Forecast Services:

High Resolution Nearshore Wave | Wind Modeling

Many projects require the analysis of wave data well beyond the basic data presentation from the Wavewatch III wave model. In many locations there will need to be significant additional analysis to determine the nearshore wave climate after the affects of wave shadowing, diffraction, refraction, and shoaling.

Buoyweather has the ability to create high resolution nearshore wave models which take into account the shallow water processes required to get accurate coastal predictions. Below are a couple examples of our nearshore model wave height predictions along the coast of Japan:

In addition to our nearshore wave modeling capabilities, we also run our own high resolution wind models in-house. Below are a couple examples of our model wind predictions for Tahiti and Northern Sydney, Australia:

Marine Consulting Projects

Here are links to a few samples of our marine consulting work:

1. Hurricane Sandy Briefing to NASA Langley

2. Newport to Ensenada Sailing Race Accident Analysis to the US Sailing Investigative Panel

3. Climatological Study of Montaņita Ecuador for the International Surfing Association

4. Long Beach, California Breakwater Study

5. Teahupoo, Tahiti April-May Report and analysis for Billabong

6. Teahupoo, Tahiti August-September Report and analysis for Billabong

Appreciation Letters:

1. From NASA Langley in response to the Hurricane Sandy Briefing

2. From the US Sailing Investigative Panel in response to the Newport to Ensenada Sailing Race Accident Analysis

How We Analyze Model Data

There will be projects and applications when the basic Wavewatch III model data will not present enough detail. As an example, there could be a nearshore harbor or surf location that would not experience wave activity from trade winds off the coast, but would experience very large waves from swells coming from specific directions with long swell periods. Offshore islands, reefs, and shallow water bathymetry offshore can often greatly enhance the ability of large waves to reach a nearshore location depending on specific swell characteristics.

The Wavewatch III basic model data provides the fundamental data needed to draw conclusions regarding the wind and wave climate and can be very valuable. The wind data is self explanatory, but the wave data can be very complex to analyze. Significant Wave Height (HTSGW) is the combined height of all waves in the ocean at a specific location, and represents the highest 1/3 of the highest waves a trained observer would record for that time. Peak Wave Direction and Peak Wave Period represent the single dominant swell or wave train at the time for that location in deep water, but there could be many other contributing swells impacting that location. Depending on the situation and location, there often needs to be additional analysis to accurately associate this deep water wave data to the wave climate at a nearshore location.

Most of the time the wave energy at one deep water location has traveled from another location to get there, and there will usually also be multiple swells and wave trains coming from many different sources and directions, sometimes from storms many thousands of miles away. The basic Wavewatch III model data does not fully separate these different swells and wave trains at a location but only provides combined Significant Wave Height, Peak Direction, and Peak Period metrics. Depending on the research application, there may be the need to separate the wave trains and isolate specific swells that combine to produce the Significant Wave Height metric.

In these instances we are available to provide additional consulting to help you with your research. We have developed methods to isolate specific swells within the Significant Wave Height metric, and can also analyze the local bathymetry and other variables that may affect the wave climate at a specific location. If you have a special project that may require more attention we will be happy to provide our help on a case by case consulting basis. Please contact us at consulting@buoyweather.com.

We also serve many customers who want to review long term historical wave data for specific locations in their research work and/or for special applications. We currently have 34 years of historical wind and ocean data available globally. Please see our Historical Data Page for details on this dataset and how to get access to it.