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Model type Single
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Spatial dimensions
Spatial extent Point-Based
Model domain Coastal, Marine
One-line model description Calculate wave-generated bottom orbital velocities from surface wave parameters
Extended model description Calculate wave-generated bottom orbital velocities from measured surface wave parameters. Also permits calculation of surface wave spectra from wind conditions, from which bottom orbital velocities can be determined.

wave model, bottom orbital velocities, wind wave estimation,

Name Patricia Wiberg
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization University of Virginia
Postal address 1 291 McCormick Rd, Box 400123
Postal address 2
Town / City Charlottesville
Postal code 22904-4123
State Virginia
Country United States
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Supported platforms
Unix, Mac OS, Windows
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Code optimized Single Processor
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Start year development 2014
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Model availability As code
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Program license type Other
Program license type other MIT
Memory requirements --
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Describe input parameters Surface wave height and period or surface winds as well as water depth.
Input format ASCII
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Describe output parameters Bottom wave orbital velocity. Also surface wave conditions if calculated from wind speed.
Output format ASCII
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Pre-processing software needed? No
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Post-processing software needed? No
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Visualization software needed? No
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Describe processes represented by the model Bottom orbital velocity is calculated from surface wave conditions using linear wave theory. A spectral approach is used. If input wave data are just wave height and period, a spectrum is estimated based on those as described in Wiberg and Sherwood 2008. Several spectral representations are available, and spectra can be estimated based on wind speed if surface wave conditions are unknown.
Describe key physical parameters and equations See Wiberg and Sherwood 2008, Computers & Geosciences 34: 1243-1262 for key equations.
Describe length scale and resolution constraints This is a point model and not dependent on length scale or resolution.
Describe time scale and resolution constraints This is a point model and not dependent on time scale or resolution.
Describe any numerical limitations and issues The calculations assume the waves are wind waves with periods in the range of 0-~30 s. If the waves are much larger or produced by a different mechanism, the calculations are not likely to be accurate.

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Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers?
Is there a manual available? No
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OpenMI compliant No but planned
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component No but possible
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Patricia Wiberg
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