About the AUSWAVE model

Numerical predictions of ocean wave characteristics are now provided by the AUSWAVE model, adapted from the WAVEWATCH III model developed by NOAA in the US and implemented operationally by CAWCR and NMOC. This model replaces the Bureau's WAM model, and is run on global, regional and Australia 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
Domain Global
Time Step and Duration 12 hourly to 168 hours (7 days)
Model Run Times and Typical Availability Times 00Z run available 07Z
12Z run available 19Z
Views Australia
Indian Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Model AUSWAVE-R
Domain Regional
Time Step and Duration 6 hourly to 72 hours (3 days)
Model Run Times and Typical Availability Times 00Z run available 03Z
12Z run available 15Z
Views Australia
Model AUSWAVE-A
Domain Australia
Time Step and Duration 3 hourly to 48 hours (2 days)
Model Run Times and Typical Availability Times 00Z run available 04Z
06Z run available 10Z
12Z run available 16Z
18Z run available 22Z
Views Australia
Northwest Australia
Southwest Australia
Southeast Australia
Northeast Australia
Bass Strait

Available Elements

All AUSWAVE models produce the following elements:

  • Significant wave height and direction
  • First swell component and direction
  • Second swell component and direction
  • Wind wave height
  • Peak period
  • Surface wind

Note that not all maps are available on-line.

For further information about the AUSWAVE model suite, refer to the AUSWAVE Data Documentation.