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SeaSCAPE: Scene Characterization and Prediction Environment for Ocean Forecasting

SRI develops graphical user interfaces to help non-expert end users set up high-resolution nested wave and circulation models for ocean forecasting.

Setup and execution nested of high-resolution (~10-100m) coastal models has been a manual and sometimes labor intensive process, involving expert users of hydrodynamic and wave modeling software.

SRI’s SeaSCAPE (Sea Scene Characterization and Prediction Environment) interface aims to simplify the steps necessary to set up these high-resolution models without compromising the fidelity of the results. By helping non-expert end-users be more autonomous in setting up accurate high-resolution nested wave and circulation models, SeaSCAPE enables them to better tailor models to specific needs and operational environments.

To enable model setup, SeaSCAPE leverages publically available datasets from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The National Data Buoy Center (NDBC), General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO),  and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) , among others. Datasets for the times and locations of interest are downloaded and converted to the formats required for use in ocean wave and circulation models.

SeaSCAPE can be used to apply these data as inputs for an ocean wave or circulation model, or alternatively, these data can be used to inform and update the models via data assimilation. In this way, SeaSCAPE aids end users in leveraging these publically available datasets to improve understanding of the ocean environment.