Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
13 Nov 2008
 | 13 Nov 2008

A review of wave climate and prediction along the Spanish Mediterranean coast

A. Sánchez-Arcilla, D. González-Marco, and R. Bolaños

Abstract. This paper reviews the characterization of wave storms along the Spanish/Catalan Mediterranean coast. It considers the "physical" and "statistical" description of wave parameters and how they are affected by the prevailing meteo patterns and the sharp gradients in orography and bathymetry. The available field data and numerically simulated wave fields are discussed from this perspective. The resulting limits in accuracy and predictability are illustrated with specific examples. This allows deriving some conclusions for both short-term operational predictions and a long-term climatic assessment.