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World Leading Coastal Wave Propagation Models

RECENT PROJECT - April 09, 2016

Cascadia Coast Research, in partnership with University of Victoria’s West Coast Wave Initiative, implemented suite of models that have produced the most comprehensive and accurate wave analysis off the coast of BC, Canada to date.

Over the 4 year project, the models and results helped the West Coast Wave Initiative achieve their goal to create the most accurate possible assessment of the feasibility of wave energy conversion for British Columbia.

We produced an 11 year hind-cast of the ocean waves incident on the coast. With extensive validation from wave measurements, the model was used to perform a detailed assessment of the wave energy resources in the area.

We developed multiple scales of wave propagation models off the West Coast of Vancouver Island and the British Columbia coast using SWAN and REF\DIF software. By developing and integrating complex unstructured grids of the coastal bathymetry, we provided highly computationally efficient tools that accurately quantify wave conditions at every marine space location from the continental shelf to the near shore breaking zone.

Although the model was used extensively to assess the wave energy resources along the entire West Coast of Vancouver Island and to identify promising locations for wave energy development, models of this type can be coupled with surf zone wave models such as SWASH and can be further utilized to assess extreme wave risks.

Our Services


Marine Renewable Energy

Understanding and quantifying the ocean environment is critical to quantifying the risks and opportunities of marine renewable energy projects. Cascadia has the tools, expertise, and decades of experience to help technology and project developers tackle their challenges. Specific services include: tidal resource characterization tidal turbine effects on the sea way wave resource characterization operational and extreme […]

Coastal Hazard Assessment

Risks to life and property arise from wind, waves and rising water levels.  A coastal hazard assessment seeks to quantify those risks, first by developing an understanding of of the coastal environment as it currently exists, then projecting future changes, and finally calculating the magnitude of low probability, extreme events.  Data feeding into hazard assessments may be […]

Coastal Modelling

Computational modelling can efficiently provide actionable information about the coastal environment over long periods of time.  Cascadia’s coastal modelling services focus on coastal infrastructure and planning: wind waves, tides, storm-surge and tsunami. Cascadia has experience with a range of models to meet the needs of our clients. Wind-Waves Phase averaged spectral wave model: SWAN Phase resolved […]