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 the Bureau of Meteorology. This model uses wind-forcing from the Bureau's ACCESS model.

The full suite of charts from the AUSWAVE model is listed in the tables below and the charts are accessible on Interactive Weather Maps

AUSWAVE Wave Charts

Model AUSWAVE-G
Version WAVEWATCH III version 4.18
Wind Forcing ACCESS-G APS2
Domain Global
Resolution 0.25° (~25km)
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 2000Z
Model AUSWAVE-R
Version WAVEWATCH III version 4.18
Wind Forcing ACCESS-R APS2
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 0415Z
06Z run available 1030Z
12Z run available 1615Z
18Z run available 2215Z

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.