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Ocean Wave Resource Potential

Metadata Updated: November 15, 2023

Mean wave power density estimates represent naturally available US wave energy, derived from measurements observed during a 51-month study period. Measurements were taken from 42,000 grid points out to a distance of 50 nautical miles from shore. Values represent the average instantaneous power generated by a meter length of wave crest per grid point. In accordance with accepted global practice, wave power density is measured in kilowatts per meter of wave crest aggregated across a unit diameter circle. Data were classified using quantiles. Bathymetric effects are known to have a large effect on wave characteristics at depths shallower than ~20m on the east coast and ~50m on the west coast. Reliable site-specific information in shallow waters can only be produced using results from models with higher spatial resolution that include shallow-water physics. Results may not be accurate in the shallower waters of the inner continental shelf.

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Metadata Date September 28, 2023
Metadata Created Date July 7, 2022
Metadata Updated Date November 15, 2023
Reference Date(s) June 28, 2022 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Harvested from NOS OCM

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date September 28, 2023
Metadata Created Date July 7, 2022
Metadata Updated Date November 15, 2023
Reference Date(s) June 28, 2022 (publication)
Responsible Party NOAA Office for Coastal Management (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:67480
Access Constraints Cite As: Office for Coastal Management, [Date of Access]: Ocean Wave Resource Potential [Data Date Range],, Use Constraints: For coastal and ocean planning | Distribution Liability:
Bbox East Long 179.25
Bbox North Lat 70.45
Bbox South Lat -14.5
Bbox West Long -177.5
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Harvest Object Id 1b994d21-8802-4d63-a40a-bfccd1e00ecf
Harvest Source Id c0121fd9-df15-4168-ac04-42f6e36a794d
Harvest Source Title NOS OCM
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System EPSG::4269
Spatial Harvester True

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