Ocean modelling and monitoring


Ocean modelling and monitoring

Ocean modelling and monitoring for Caribbean Small Island Developing States

Understanding, and mitigating, the impacts of coastal erosion and flooding are a high priority for many small island developing states, especially those that lie in the path of tropical storms and hurricanes. The NOC has worked closely with the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines since the initiation of the CME Programme in order to provide local stakeholders with a better understanding of the impacts of waves and surges for use in coastal management and planning. This wave and coastal modelling work is being expanded during years three and four of the Programme through the application of Caribbean-wide regional wave and hydrodynamic models. These models will provide boundary conditions for other models being run by CME Programme partners for the combined area of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, which will then provide high-resolution coastal water level, currents and waves for local-scale beach modelling. This local-scale beach modelling will be supported through the deployment of an AWAC Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler that measures water level, currents and waves in shallow water in the nearshore zone. This AWAC will be deployed through both the wet (hurricane) season and the dry season in order to characterise average wave heights and storm swell events. The data and model outputs will be provided to local stakeholders through workshops that will also include training in coastal modelling.


St Vincent and the Grenadines





Caribbean region (including St Vincent and the Grenadines; Grenada; Belize; Jamaica)


Judith Wolf
Principal Investigator

Lucy Bricheno


Latest News

Sep 2019
A study led by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists, recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science, presents the first ever images of animals living below 4000 metres within the...
Feb 2019
A 3-day Conference and Technical Workshop on ‘Monitoring and Modelling for Coastal Zone Management’ was held in Kingstown, at the Grenadine House Hotel, on 16-18 Jan 2019. This workshop was a follow-...
Feb 2019
The second deployment of a Nortek AWAC (Acoustic Waves and Currents) gauge for a two month period (Jan-Mar 2019) has taken place. The device, purchased for St Vincent and the Grenadines through the...
Second deployment of AWAC gauge in St Vincent
Feb 2019
This month Dr Wolf and Dr Jevrejeva completed visits to various government departments in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, including the Meteorological Services, National Parks Authority and the...
Jan 2019
Just before the end of 2018 NOC scientists visited the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica, to discuss potential collaborations on projects aimed at understanding the impact of climate change...
NOC scientists Judith Wolf and Sveta Jevrejeva