Application of a numerical model for wave parameter hindcasting in the Marmara Sea Basin

Yasin Abdollahzadehmoradi


One of the most important factors in design of coastal and marine structures is to determine the wave characteristics precisely. In this paper, wave characteristics of Sea of Marmara obtained during the time span between 1994 and 2014 by using the third generation spectral model MIKE 21 SW. Wind data was obtained from ECMWF ERA-Interim re-analyses wind dataset with a spatial resolution of 0.125 degree. The numerical model was calibrated with a wave data that measured for 1 year (2013) by measurement buoy on the Southern coast near the Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara. Numerical mesh optimization was also performed to obtain the most suitable domain to overcome the time efficiency problem in running time of the model. This research is recently amongst the first studies that deal with the determination of wave parameters in the Marmara Sea Basin. In addition, the relation between significant wave height and wave period is established. The results reveal that wave prediction capacity of the numerical model gives satisfactory results.

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