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Global Ensemble Ocean Wave Forecast System

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE WAVEWATCH III® MULTI-1 WEBSITE

The EMC WAVEWATCH III® global wave model Multi-1 was decommissioned in NCEP operations on March 22, 2021. It has been replaced by a new configuration of the WAVEWATCH III global wave model, called GFS-Wave, and coupled to the Global Forecast System (GFSv16), as part of the Unified Forecast System.

THIS WEBSITE IS NOT DISPLAYING MULTI-1 OR GFS-WAVE GRAPHICS

It is being maintained for archival and verification purposes only.

Here are the details (PDF) on how this will affect users of this site.

Output of the new GFS-Wave model is available on NOMADS and Production FTP

*under gfs.YYYYMMDD/CC/wave/gridded and gfs.YYYYMMDD/CC/wave/station

Graphics of the GFS-Wave model output will become available some time in April on the Model Analysis and Guidance (MAG) site. Note that the current WW3 link on that page is to a preliminary set of GFS-Wave graphics. New graphics with more options will be added with the coming update in May, and will be under GFS-Wave instead of WW3.

NOTICE: The Global Wave Ensemble System (GWES) was discontinued on 23 Sep 2020 and has been replaced by an improved GEFS-Waves, consisting of a one-way nesting of the WAVEWATCH III system with the recently upgraded GFS Ensemble Forecast System. The NOAA press release on the upgrade is here, and information on GEFS is available here.

The GEFSv12 Service Change Notice (issued 8/20/2020, PDF) is here, and you can find information on the evaluation of the GEFS-Waves portion of the GEFS system in the Model Evaluation Group (MEG) Summary page on the GEFSv12 upgrade here.

The model data is available four times a day (0, 6, 12, 18)Z from:
  • Production FTP (gefs.YYYYMMDD -->cycle-->waves)
  • NOMADS (Ocean Models-->GFS Ensemble Wave-->(grib filter or https file download).
Details on the products can be found here (scroll down to GEFS - Wave - Global).
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The Global Wave Ensemble System (GWES) is now unified with the Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS). The WAVEWATCH III wave model is one-way coupled with the atmospheric forecast model. This allows for an increase in frequency of the wind forcing from 3 hours to 1 hour. This unified system has 30 members and the wave model is initialized with the previous member's 6 hour forecast. The wave model has a spatial resolution of 0.25 x 0.25 degrees. The system runs four cycles per day (00, 06, 12 and 18Z). The wave forecast has been extended from 10 to 16 days.

More information on the GEFS system is available here .

Access the Global Ensemble Forecast System -- Wave product viewer

The US National Weather Service also generates operationally a combined wave-height ensemble product in partnership with the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) of the US Navy. The combined wave ensemble data are at the NFCENS page.


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