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Model type Modular
Spatial dimensions 2D
Spatial extent
Model domain ,
One-line model description Spectral wind wave model
Extended model description Third generation random phase spectral wave model, including shallow water physcis.

physical oceanography,

First name Hendrik
Last name Tolman
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization NOAA/NCEP
Postal address 1 5200 Auth Road Room 209
Postal address 2
Town / City Camp Springs
Postal code 20746
State Maryland
Country USA
Email address

Supported platforms Unix, Linux
Other platform
Programming language Fortran77, Fortran90, Matlab
Other program language
Code optimized
Multiple processors implemented
Nr of distributed processors
Nr of shared processors
Start year development 1992
Does model development still take place? Yes
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through web repository
Source web address
View source code
Program license type Other
Program license type other --
Memory requirements --
Typical run time --

Describe input parameters wind at 10m, air-sea temperature difference, ice concentration, curents and water levels (bathymetry)
Input format ASCII, Binary
Other input format
Describe output parameters From wave heights to spectral data, see manual
Output format ASCII, Binary
Other output format
Pre-processing software needed? No
Describe pre-processing software
Post-processing software needed? Yes
Describe post-processing software Matlab and other possible but not necessary
Visualization software needed? Yes
If above answer is yes Matlab
Other visualization software GrADS

Describe processes represented by the model Evolution of wind wave spectra under influence of wind, breaking, nonlinear interactions, bottom interaction (including shoalng and refraction), currents, water level changes and ice concentrsations. No diffraction.
Describe key physical parameters and equations Spectral action balance equation.
Describe length scale and resolution constraints Theoretically length scale larger than longest wave length (10km), practically highest resolution sub km. Largest scales should correspond to spatial scales of forcing.
Describe time scale and resolution constraints Time steps from seconds to 1h. Time length of runs can be up to years.
Describe any numerical limitations and issues Explicit schemes make high resolution runs expensive.

Describe available calibration data sets Separate publications.
Upload calibration data sets if available:
Describe available test data sets ONR test bed and others.
Upload test data sets if available:
Describe ideal data for testing Field data should be used for testing. Lab data has incosistent scaling between gravity and capilary waves.

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? Many present contributors to code. Are considering user groups. WISE has been acting as informal in person only user group.
Is there a manual available? Yes
Upload manual if available:
Model website if any
Model forum / discussion board

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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component Not yet
Can be coupled with:
Model info




Overview and general

  • Tolman, H. L., 1989. The numerical model WAVEWATCH: a third generation model for the hindcasting of wind waves on tides in shelf seas. Communications on Hydraulic and Geotechnical Engineering, Delft Univ. of Techn., ISSN 0169-6548, Rep. no. 89-2, 72 pp.
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  • Tolman, H. L., 1991. A third-generation model for wind waves on slowly varying, unsteady and inhomogeneous depths and currents. J. Phys. Oceanogr. , 21, 782-797., 10.1175/1520-0485(1991)021<0782:ATGMFW>2.0.CO;2
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  • Tolman, H. L., 1997. User manual and system documentation of WAVEWATCH-III version 1.15. NOAA / NWS / NCEP / OMB Technical Note 151, 97 pp.
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  • Tolman, H. L., 1999. User manual and system documentation of WAVEWATCH-III version 1.18. NOAA / NWS / NCEP / OMB Technical Note 166, 110 pp.
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  • Tolman, H. L., 2009. User manual and system documentation of WAVEWATCH III version 3.14. NOAA / NWS / NCEP / MMAB Technical Note 276, 194 pp.
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