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Regional wave forecasts

It is possible to get access to wave forecasts of for the region around the Faroe Islandson on these sites:

- Icelandic Maritime Administration (Click on “Wave height and direction”)
- YR.no (Choose “Wave height and direction” )
- DMI (Click on “Forecasts”, choose Faroes, set “Parameter” to “Significant wave height”)

Wave measurements

Wave measurements are conducted around the Faroe Islands by Landsverk and distributed in near real-time. The table below gives the newest wave measurements.

Translation of table:
Stað’ is location, ‘Vestanfyri’ is Vest, ‘Norðanfyri’ is North, ‘Eystanfyri’ is East and ‘Sunnanfyri’ is South. ‘Tíð’ is local time, ‘Hædd’ is wave height in meters, ‘Longd’ is wave length in meters, ‘Ætt’ is the direction of the waves. Local abbreviations for direction are : 'US' for SW, 'UN' for NW, 'LN' for NE and 'LS' for SE. The rest is as usual (see figure to the right). ‘Hiti’ is temperature in degrees Celsius.

Wave forecasts at the buoy locations

The following YR.no links provide weather and wave forecasts at the buoy locations:
West-buoyNorth-buoyEast-buoy and South-buoy.

Local wave forecast

The Faroe Islands do not have a meteorological office, so high-resolution operational wave forecasts for the inner shelf are not to be expected in the near future. One option that is possible to use in the mean time is to use a set of simplified pre-calculated wave events.

The idea behind the set of pre-calculated sea states is that it does not require any operational service, yet it can provide a high-resolution estimate of the wave field between the islands. One such set of simplified calculations were conducted for the southern part of the Faroese Shelf (dashed line in the figure to the rigth) as part of a project funded by the Faroese Research Council and the Faroese Fisheries Research Fund.

One model run has been made for all the directions indicated on the figure to the right, with significant wave heights spanning from 1m to 18m. Links to graphical output from these model runs are found in the table below.

How to use the table

The idea is really simple. If you are interested in the wave height in the southern area right now, you can use the newest buoy measurements to choose the model run that best resembles the situation i.e. if the west-buoy has measured 2.8m high waves from southwest, choose the link in column “3” and row “SW”.

If you are interested in a wave height forecast, then use the ‘regional wave forecasts’ or the ‘wave forecasts for the buoy locations’ mentioned above, to determine what link to use in the idealised model run table.

Table with links to idealised model runs


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