WAM4 model/data comparison in the NW Gulf of Mexico Conference Paper uri icon


  • A model/data comparison of significant wave height and spectra at several locations on the Texas-Louisiana shelf in the northwest Gulf of Mexico show good agreement between observations and predictions using a third generation ocean wave prediction model (WAM Cycle 4). Our analysis shows a mean model bias magnitude of 0.09 m for five near-shore locations and 0.26 m for three deep water locations. The average root mean square difference is 0.23 m and 0.40 m for the near-shore and deep locations, respectively. Diurnal variation of modeled and observed wave height is also seen to be strongest during summer.

author list (cited authors)

  • DiMarco, S. F., & Bender, L. C.

publication date

  • January 1998