The main objective of this Lead Centre is to coordinate wave forecast verification by

  • Providing the facility for Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) participating Centres producing global or ocean basin scale wave forecasts to automatically deposit their gridded forecast fields, and have access to the verification statistics computed for these fields
  • Maintaining an archive of the verification statistics to allow the generation and display of trends in performance
  • Monitoring the received forecast fields and consult with the relevant JCOMM participating Centre if data are missing or suspect
  • Collecting annually from the participating centres information on any changes to their wave forecast systems
  • Providing ftp access to the buoy observations data sets used to perform the standard verification, including lists of observations and keep this up to date according to JCOMM recommendations
  • Providing on its website:
    1. Up-to-date graphical displays of verification results from JCOMM participating Centres based on evaluation of the received forecast fields
    2. Relevant documentation including access to the standard procedures required to perform the verification, and links to the websites of JCOMM participating Centres
    3. Contact details to encourage feedback from JCOMM participating Centres on the usefulness of the verification information

Potential stakeholders

BoMBureau of MeteorologyAustralia
DMIDanmarks Meteorologiske InstitutDenmark
DWDDeutscher WetterdienstGermany
ECCCEnvironment and Climate Change CanadaCanada
ECMWFEuropean Centre for Medium-Range Weather ForecastsEurope
FNMOCFleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography CenterUSA
JMAJapan Meteorological AgencyJapan
KMAKorea Meteorological AdministrationKorea
LOPSLaboratoire D'Océanographie Physique et SpatialeFrance
METEOAMServizio Meteorologico dell'Aeronautica MilitareItaly
METNONorwegian Meteorological InstituteNorway
METFRFrench national meteorological serviceFrance
NCEPNational Centers for Environmental PredictionUSA
NIWANational Institute of Water & Atmospheric ResearchNew Zealand
NZMSNew Zealand MetServiceNew Zealand
PRTOSPuertos del EstadoSpain
SHNSMDepartment of Meteorology of the Naval Hydrographic ServiceArgentina
UKMOThe United Kingdom's national weather serviceUK