Wave dynamics are critical to ocean industries, coastal development and leisure activities. This project will develop a national data asset of Australian in-situ wave observations and facilitate improved data delivery to national and international stakeholders.

The project will achieve these goals by increasing the amount of publicly available data for real-time and delayed mode data-streams; reviewing, streamlining and documenting the governance and end-to-end data workflow, allowing submission of data by an expanding range of providers; and developing best practices and procedures for quality control, metadata and data formats for legacy and emerging wave measurement systems.

1 Wave observations national dataset
Real-time and delayed mode surface wave buoy data are available on the Integrated Marine Observing System's Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal. The proposed national data asset will build on these current data collections and enhance their use within and beyond Australia by providing a harmonised, standardised and trustworthy collection of wave measurements.

Core features

Streamlined for data providers
Improved and documented workflows for real-time and delayed mode data will lower the bar of entry for future data providers.
Broad data coverage
The range of data outputs publicly available to users will be expanded to include wave spectra information (frequency and direction) and raw displacement of the surface elevation in addition to the existing timeseries of common parameters (e.g. significant wave height, peak wave period).
Consistent outputs
Implementation of quality control/assurance procedures and data/metadata standards will ensure high-quality harmonised data outputs.

Who is this project for?

  • Government agencies
  • Researchers
  • Research organisations
  • Commercial marine organisations

What does this project enable?

This project will incorporate wave data across multiple organisations and sectors with national coverage in terms of spatial extent (with data provided from every State and the Northern Territory). The implementation of governance and key processes, metadata standards and other guidance will enable new partnerships, extending data ingest to further networks or additional buoys. The development of this data asset will provide a foundation for additional data contributions from the deployment of wave buoys in new locations.

Handy resources

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and EnvironmentVisit
The University of Western AustraliaVisit
RPS MetOcean Pty LtdVisit
Bureau of MeteorologyVisit
Deakin UniversityVisit
The University of MelbourneVisit
Pilbara Ports AuthorityVisit
Queensland Department of Environment and ScienceVisit
University of TasmaniaVisit
Australian Institute of Marine ScienceVisit
Western Australia Department of TransportVisit
Manly Hydraulics LaboratoryVisit
Integrated Marine Observing SystemVisit