About the AUSWAVE model

Numerical predictions of ocean wave characteristics are provided by the AUSWAVE model, adapted from the WAVEWATCH III model developed by NOAA in the US and implemented operationally by CAWCR and BNOC. This model replaces the Bureau's WAM model, and is run on global and regional domains as used in ACCESS.

The full suite of charts from the AUSWAVE model is listed in the tables below.

AUSWAVE Wave Charts

Model AUSWAVE-G
Version APS1
Domain Global
Resolution 0.4° (~40km)
Time Step and Duration 3 hourly to 60 hours (2.5 days); 6 hourly to 168 hours (7 days)
Model Run Times and Typical Availability Times 00Z run available 0800Z
12Z run available 1900Z
Views Australia
Indian Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Available Elements
  • Significant wave height and direction
  • Primary swell component and direction
  • Secondary swell component and direction
  • Wind wave height
  • Wave period

Other fields available as gridded data.

Model AUSWAVE-R
Version APS1
Domain Regional
Resolution 0.1° (~11km)
Time Step and Duration 1 hourly to 72 hours (3 days)
Model Run Times and Typical Availability Times

00Z run available 0430Z
06Z run available 1100Z
12Z run available 1700Z
18Z run available 2240Z

Views Australia
Available Elements
  • Significant wave height and direction
  • Primary swell component and direction
  • Secondary swell component and direction
  • Wind wave height
  • Wave period

    Other fields available as gridded data.

For further information about the AUSWAVE model suite, see the following Bureau National Operations Centre (BNOC) Operations Bulletins:

Users interested in accessing raw data via FTP should refer to the AUSWAVE Data Documentation.