15 priorities for wind-waves research: an Australian perspective

Diana Greenslade, Mark Hemer, Alex Babanin, Ryan Lowe, Ian Turner, Hannah Power, Ian Young, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Greg Hibbert, Greg Williams, Saima Aijaz, João Albuquerque, Stewart Allen, Michael Banner, Paul Branson, Steve Buchan, Andrew Burton, John Bye, Nick Cartwright, Amin ChabchoubFrank Colberg, Stephanie Contardo, Francois Dufois, Craig Earl-spurr, Grant Elliott, David Farr, Jan Flynn, Ian Goodwin, Jim Gunson, Jeff Hansen, David Hanslow, Mitchell Harley, Yasha Hetzel, Ron Hoeke, Nicole Jones, Michael Kinsela, Qingxiang Liu, Oleg Makarynskyy, Hayden Marcollo, Said Mazaheri, Jason Mcconochie, Grant Millar, Tim Moltmann, Neal Moodie, Joao Morim, Russel Morison, Jana Orszaghova, Charitha Pattiaratchi, Andrew Pomeroy, Roger Proctor, David Provis, Ruth Reef, Dirk Rijnsdorp, Martin Rutherford, Eric Schulz, Jake Shayer, Kristen Splinter, Craig Steinberg, Darrell Strauss, Greg Stuart, Graham Symonds, Karina Tarbath, Paul Taylor, Daniel Taylor, James Taylor, Darshani Thotagamuwage, Alessandro Toffoli, Alireza Valizadeh, Jonathan Van Hazel, Guilherme Vieira Da Silva, Moritz Wandres, Colin Whittaker, David Williams, Gundula Winter, Jiangtao Xu, Matthew Zed, Aihong Zhong, Stefan Zieger

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Abstract

This paper describes the process and outcomes of a collaborative process across different Australian stakeholder groups to identify the highest priorities in wind-wave research.

The Australian marine research, industry and stakeholder community has recently undertaken an extensive collaborative process to identify the highest national priorities for wind-waves research. This was undertaken under the auspices of the Forum for Operational Oceanography Surface Wave’s Working Group. The main steps in the process were firstly, soliciting possible research questions from the community via an online survey; secondly, reviewing the questions at a face-to-face workshop; and thirdly, online ranking of the research questions by individuals. This process resulted in 15 identified priorities, covering research activities and the development of infrastructure. The top 5 priorities are 1) Enhanced and updated nearshore and coastal bathymetry; 2) Improved understanding of extreme sea-states; 3) Maintain and enhance in situ buoy network; 4) Improved data access and sharing; and 5) Ensemble and probabilistic wave modelling and forecasting. In this paper, each of the 15 priorities is discussed in detail, providing insight into why each priority is important, and the current state-of-the-art, both nationally and internationally, where relevant. While this process has been driven by Australian needs, it is likely that the results will be relevant to other marine-focussed nations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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