Dr. Kwok Fai Cheung, Professor of Ocean and Resources Engineering, and Dr. Martin Guiles, Senior Physical Oceanographic Research Specialist within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, joined Jay Fidell on the ThinkTech Hawaii show on February 3.
Dr. Cheung generates the high resolution surf forecasts for PacIOOS. These include A) Wave Watch III models for the Hawaiian Islands, Mariana Islands, and the Samoan Islands; and B) Simulating Waves Nearshore (SWAN) models for Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Guam, Apra Harbor (Guam), and Tutuila. (American Samoa). These models are designed to capture the large scale ocean waves, provide spectral boundary conditions, and a 7.5 day forecast.
Dr. Guiles generates the PacIOOS high sea level forecasts (for Hilo, Kawaihae Harbor, Honolulu, Kahului, Nawiliwili, Moku o Lo’e, Pago Pago, Kwajalein, and Majuro) and PacIOOS wave run-up forecasts (for Waikiki and Oahu north shore). These forecasts of water level inundation provide advance notice of the potential for high seal level throughout the Pacific Islands.