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the forecast system

 

If someone starts to work every day at 9:00am and takes 60 minutes on traffic, it's possible to predict the time to leave its house, an hour earlier. Is a standard behavior. Even though some days it might occur a delay or absence, most days the commute will make the person to leave, always at the same time.

Predicting waves is a similar process. This standard is described by mathematical equations and physical relations, seeking the understanding of waves on deep waters. Moreover, the behavior until it reaches the shore, and finally, breaks on the beach.

 
   

wave spectrum action balance equation, the basis of wave forecast model

 

The most representative statistical parameters of a swell are: 'significant wave height', 'direction peak' and 'peak period'. The combination of these data, with wind direction and intensity, are the most important indicators to be analyzed by surfers, who are always seeking the best surfing conditions.

Below is a summary of how our wave forecast system works.

 
 
 

how it works

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storm

This is the first step to form a swell.

preprocessing

NOAA's wave and wind data are prepared to be inserted into the broou.cast system.

oceanology and technology

The data is translated into a simple and beautiful interface, showing the forecast of the current surfing condition and the forecast for the next 5 days.

wind

It's the main element in the formation of waves. Transfers energy to the ocean creating wind sea (scrambled waves), which once departing from the storm, they organize and generate the swell.

broou's forecast

The global wind and wave data are use to supply the boundary conditions for a coastal waters model (SWAN model), considering more detailed conditions of the Brazilian coastline.

all good, bro

Now that you know when it's the best day to surf, grab your surfboard, invite your bro's and go surfing.

NOAA global models

The US National Oceanic and Atmospherical Administration is the main source of data on waves in deep water and wind on a global scale in the world.

postprocessing

The giga bytes of data produced by the broou.cast system are transformed into simplified tables, interpreted and sent to the application.