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The GROW-FINE Caribbean-2 (GFC-2) Hindcast is Oceanweather's comprehensive metocean study of the Caribbean Sea.  The GFC-2 project applies the hindcast methodology developed at Oceanweather for the specification of wind, wave, current and surge fields in historical time periods.  The basic hindcast approach involves the development of accurate wind fields from historical data and application of proven models.

The hindcast is a triple-nested wave model starting with the GROW hindcast database (basin scale).  Basin spectra were archived along a model boundary of an intermediate 28 km mesh at the model timestep.  This intermediate mesh was run to archive boundary spectra for the 5.6 km wave model fine grid for both the continuous and tropical hindcasts.  Archived time step is 1-hour for the continuous hindcast and 15-minute for the tropical hindcast for both the wind and wave fields as well as wave spectra at select locations.

The products of GFC-2 include the actual simulated hindcast time series from all models (continuous/tropical), wave spectra if available, and statistics.  They can be purchased together or separately.

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Related Products

  • Time series of wind and wave parameters in ASCII format
  • Time series of surge height and integrated current for storm events
  • Return period extremes for wind speed, wave height (significant, maximum and crest) and wave period
  • Operability statistics expressed as monthly and annual frequency-of-occurence tables and persistence/duration statistics
  • Directional wave spectra


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