The Red Sea: A Natural Laboratory for Wind and Wave Modeling

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/347008
Title:
The Red Sea: A Natural Laboratory for Wind and Wave Modeling
Authors:
Langodan, Sabique ( 0000-0003-0513-1790 ) ; Cavaleri, Luigi; Viswanadhapalli, Yesubabu; Hoteit, Ibrahim ( 0000-0002-3751-4393 )
Abstract:
The Red Sea is a narrow, elongated basin that is more than 2000km long. This deceivingly simple structure offers very interesting challenges for wind and wave modeling, not easily, if ever, found elsewhere. Using standard meteorological products and local wind and wave models, this study explores how well the general and unusual wind and wave patterns of the Red Sea could be reproduced. The authors obtain the best results using two rather opposite approaches: the high-resolution Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) local model and the slightly enhanced surface winds from the global European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model. The reasons why these two approaches produce the best results and the implications on wave modeling in the Red Sea are discussed. The unusual wind and wave patterns in the Red Sea suggest that the currently available wave model source functions may not properly represent the evolution of local fields. However, within limits, the WAVEWATCH III wave model, based on Janssen's and also Ardhuin's wave model physics, provides very reasonable results in many cases. The authors also discuss these findings and outline related future work.
KAUST Department:
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Citation:
The Red Sea: A Natural Laboratory for Wind and Wave Modeling 2014, 44 (12):3139 Journal of Physical Oceanography
Publisher:
American Meteorological Society
Journal:
Journal of Physical Oceanography
Issue Date:
Dec-2014
DOI:
10.1175/JPO-D-13-0242.1
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0022-3670; 1520-0485
Additional Links:
http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JPO-D-13-0242.1
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorLangodan, Sabiqueen
dc.contributor.authorCavaleri, Luigien
dc.contributor.authorViswanadhapalli, Yesubabuen
dc.contributor.authorHoteit, Ibrahimen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-23T11:43:35Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-23T11:43:35Zen
dc.date.issued2014-12en
dc.identifier.citationThe Red Sea: A Natural Laboratory for Wind and Wave Modeling 2014, 44 (12):3139 Journal of Physical Oceanographyen
dc.identifier.issn0022-3670en
dc.identifier.issn1520-0485en
dc.identifier.doi10.1175/JPO-D-13-0242.1en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/347008en
dc.description.abstractThe Red Sea is a narrow, elongated basin that is more than 2000km long. This deceivingly simple structure offers very interesting challenges for wind and wave modeling, not easily, if ever, found elsewhere. Using standard meteorological products and local wind and wave models, this study explores how well the general and unusual wind and wave patterns of the Red Sea could be reproduced. The authors obtain the best results using two rather opposite approaches: the high-resolution Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) local model and the slightly enhanced surface winds from the global European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts model. The reasons why these two approaches produce the best results and the implications on wave modeling in the Red Sea are discussed. The unusual wind and wave patterns in the Red Sea suggest that the currently available wave model source functions may not properly represent the evolution of local fields. However, within limits, the WAVEWATCH III wave model, based on Janssen's and also Ardhuin's wave model physics, provides very reasonable results in many cases. The authors also discuss these findings and outline related future work.en
dc.publisherAmerican Meteorological Societyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JPO-D-13-0242.1en
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dc.titleThe Red Sea: A Natural Laboratory for Wind and Wave Modelingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Divisionen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Physical Oceanographyen
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Marine Sciences, Venice, Italyen
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)en
kaust.authorViswanadhapalli, Yesubabuen
kaust.authorHoteit, Ibrahimen
kaust.authorLangodan, Sabiqueen
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