High Resolution Ocean Surface Wave Hindcast (US Wave) Data


The development of this dataset was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office to improve our understanding of the U.S. wave energy resource and to provide critical information for wave energy project development and wave energy converter design. This high resolution publicly available long-term wave hindcast dataset will - when complete - cover the entire U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Available data includes the Hawaiian Islands, West and Atlantic Coasts, with future additions including the Alaskan coasts, Gulf of Mexico and the Freely associated States. The data can be used to investigate the historical record of wave statistics at any U.S. site. As such, the dataset could also be of value to any entity with marine operations inside the U.S. EEZ.

These data are available for download without login credentials through the free and publicly accessible Open Energy Data Initiative (OEDI) data viewer which allows users to browse and download individual or groups of files.

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DOE Project Name: Model Validation and Site Characterization
DOE Project Number: FY20 AOP
DOE Project Lead: Carrie Noonan
DOI: 10.15473/1647329
Last Updated: 3 months ago
Data from July, 2020
Submitted Aug 6, 2020


National Renewable Energy Laboratory



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Zhaoqing Yang
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Vince Neary
Sandia National Laboratories
Levi Kilcher
National Renewable Energy Laboratory


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