DOI: 10.14466/CefasDataHub.11

Defra Strategic Wave Monitoring Network


This dataset has been extracted as part of an exercise to assemble "all" Cefas Temperature Data and publish it in a Data paper. It is one of 17 Cefas data sources assembled.

WaveNet, Defra's strategic wave monitoring network for the United Kingdom, provides a single source of real-time wave data from a network of wave buoys located in areas at risk from flooding.

In operation since 2002, WaveNet collects and processes data from the Cefas-operated Datawell Directional Waverider buoys, tethered at strategic locations around the UK coastline. The WaveNet system also gathers wave data from a variety of third party platforms and programmes (industry and public sector-funded), all of which are freely available for visualisation on the WaveNet website.

Significant wave hight in metres
Water temperature in degree Celsius
Dominant (peak) wave periods in seconds
Average (zero crossing) wave periods in seconds
Dominant (peak) wave directions in degrees
Wave spread in degrees

Notional sensor depth = 0.45m

Data from Wavenet are both public and private. The temperature data have been extracted from WaveNet buouys off the East of England (inshore and offshore), the South of England, the West of England and Wales and Scotland.


Morris, David / Andres, Olga / Ayers, Richard / Brown, Annie / Elisa, Capuzzo / Keith, Cooper / Stephen, Dye / Liam, Fernand / Flatman, Steve / Greenwood, Naomi / Haverson, David / Tom, Hull / Kieran, Hyder / Simon, Jennings / Ross, Jolliffe / Julian, Metcalfe / Meadows, Bill / Pearce, David / John, Pinnegar / Sophie, Pitois / David, Righton / Natasha, Taylor / Williams, Oliver / Wright, Serena


Temperature of the water column

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Morris et al. (2016). Defra Strategic Wave Monitoring Network. Cefas, UK. V1. doi: