Seas and swells throughout New Zealand: A new partitioned hindcast

João Albuquerque*, Jose A.A. Antolínez, Richard M. Gorman, Fernando J. Méndez, Giovanni Coco

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A high resolution partitioned wave hindcast of New Zealand waters is presented together with validation results against 9 buoy deployments that are representative of the local wave climate. An analysis of integrated and partitioned mean wave parameters was conducted together with a study of the correlation between wave height anomalies and atmospheric indices. A directional spatial analysis was also performed to identify and quantify wave systems that are not detectable by in situ buoys or hindcast integrated parameters. The presented study outlines a framework of how partitions can be analyzed in order to improve our understanding of the local wave climate in terms of wind-sea and swell waves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101897
Number of pages21
JournalOcean Modelling
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Downscaling
  • Hindcast
  • Multimodal spectra
  • Swell waves
  • Wave partitions
  • Wind-sea waves


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