Ocean Wind Waves SIG



A Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Challenger Society for Marine Science focused on observing, modelling and forecasting ocean surface waves.

Aims of the SIG:

  1. To promote research in ocean surface waves and of their interactions with oceanographic, atmospheric and climatic processes.
  2. To provide a forum for cross-disciplinary exchange of information.
  3. To encourage early-career researchers in this field by providing an informal platform for presentations and interactions.

Innovative technology

Be it satellite, radar, in situ field work / ship-based observations, or numerical techniques

  • instrument development and the use of observations
  • new developments in numerical wave models
  • use of data assimilation
  • innovations in laboratory work

Risk & Resource

Predicting and projecting wave risk, and getting the best out of wave energy. This includes:

  • wave energy resource and the impacts of waves on the environment
  • wave overtopping, vulnerability, and coastal flood risk
  • future wave climate and sea-state forecasting
  • risks to infrastructure and contribution to coastal erosion


Improved understanding interactions between waves and the wider world, including:

  • air-sea fluxes and hydrodynamic interactions
  • seabed disturbance and sediment transport
  • model coupling
  • wave energy device interactions
  • non-linear wave physics and wave-wave interactions