The IOWAGA and WAVE-DB projects.

The Integrated Ocean Waves for Geophysical and other Applications (IOWAGA) is funded by the European Comission, through a European Research Council (ERC) "Young Investigator Award". The project aims at providing the best information related to ocean waves for applications in the geosciences:
-coastal dynamics 
-remote sensing of the ocean 
-air sea fluxes 

And ocean engineering or wider applications:
-wave observation and forecasting 

If you need information about some sea-state related parameter, chances are that IOWAGA can provide it to you, and chances are that you will not find a more accurate estimation elsewhere. The project team is particularly working on the use and interpretation of novel data sources (from satellites, stereo-video cameras, seismometers) and the improvement on numerical wave models.


The IOWAGA activities are also funded in part by the U.S. National Ocean Partnership Program, through the "Waves Dissipation and balance" (WAVE-DB) project, also led by F. Ardhuin, and these activities also contribute to the China France Ocean SATellite project (CFOSAT), with partial funding from the French Space Agency CNES .

Around the IOWAGA team at Ifremer, we are also happy to collaborate with outside partners (Georgia Tech., PROTECNO, Zanke and partners ...) and other projects, in particular the coastal operational oceanography project previmer.

Remote sensing

Measurements of ocean properties from space that use radar or other techniques are generally influenced by ocean waves. Remote sensing is also a way to measure wave properties. IOWAGA uses satellite data to provide a validation for the numerical model results, but also provides parameters, derived from these models, that can be used to correct for wave effects in measurements of sea surface salinity, winds, sea level ...