Data policy

The data displayed on the WaveNet website have been obtained from a number of sources in both the public and private sectors. As some of the data belongs to third parties there are different restrictions for the availability and use. The identity of the owner and any restrictions are stated on the “Advanced Information” tab for each specific location or the “Refine selection” tab of the visualisation/download facility. The restrictions have been identified using the following categories:

1. Data fully available for download. No restrictions – available under Open Government Licence.

2. Data downloadable for non-commercial uses only. These data are only downloadable for non-commercial government and academic use. 

3. Data downloadable for commercial use subject to extraction fee. As of April 2015, data from the following WaveNet sites are available for commercial use by contacting and paying an extraction fee: Blackstones, Dowsing, Firth of Forth, Hastings, Liverpool Bay, Moray Firth, Poole Bay, Scarweather, South Knock, Southwold Approach, SW Isles of Scilly, Tyne/Tees, West Gabbard, West Lundy, West of Hebrides and West Pembrokeshire

4. Data not for download. These data have been provided to improve coastal flood forecasting around the UK. These data are only available for visualisation on the website and must not be downloaded by any means. For details of data availability and use, the owner should be contacted directly.


The material featured on this website is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The material must be acknowledged as Crown copyright in this manner:

© Crown copyright, 2015 [or year of use]

Where we have identified any third party copyright material you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned.

Data Disclaimer

This material should not be reproduced without acknowledgement of the source of the material and the inclusion of the disclaimer below.

The data are provided "as is" and in no event shall Cefas be liable for any damages, including, without limitation, any disruption, damage and/or loss to your data or computer system that may occur while using this site or data. Cefas makes no warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose; nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any data, information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe the rights of any third party.

Data Protection

Cefas is committed to complying with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 that govern the processing of personal data.

Use of this site allows the following information to be collected: the number of visitors on this site using the data; your use of the data; and which sites you have visited.

 We encourage users to establish hypertext links to this website.