Developing the Persian Gulf Wave Forecasting System

Document Type : Original Article


1 Inst. of Geophysics, Univ. of Tehran, Iran

2 K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

3 Port and Maritime Organization, Tehran, Ira

4 Port and Maritime Organization, Tehran, Iran

5 K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran


This paper represents the detailed procedure and outcomes of a research work aiming to develop a wave forecasting system for the Persian Gulf. Considering the high importance of the Persian Gulf for the economy of the region and the world, the need for a reliable forecast data has increased recently and therefore we have developed and calibrated the forecasting model based on all the available wave data in the domain which distinguishingly increased the accuracy and reliability of the system. The obtained Global Forecast System data (GFS) is implemented in Weather Research and Forecast Model (WRF) and the reproduced high resolution wind field is implemented in the third generation WAVEWATCH III (WW3) model. Each forecast covers a 120-hour prediction and provide the users with precise information regarding significant and maximum wave height and peak wave period and direction on any point at the entire Persian Gulf. The forecasts are updated every 12 hour and consequently customized reports are delivered to the users.