Development and validation of an innovative wind stress model to obtain robust storm surge forecasts (2013–2015)
Accurate forecasting of storm surge levels is required for disaster management and the design of coastal defences, but existing models have significant errors. With collaboration with world leading research partners, this study will acquire a set of unique field data to better quantify the physical processes governing storm surge generation. The research will significantly enhance forecasting accuracy, risk assessment and the ability of coastal engineers to design and deliver safe and cost effective coastal infrastructure in a changing climate. The project will develop a new wind stress model and an associated storm surge model with improved predictive skill to provide robust forecasts which enhance the safety of coastal communities.