Assimilation and application of nearshore ocean wave models
This thesis concentrates on wind-induced ocean waves in coastal areas including two main aspects: wave energy assessment with numerical models and development of a 4D variational assimilation scheme (4DVAR) for nearshore wave simulations. The method for assessing the wave energy potential was developed and applied to the south coast of Java Island. The 4D variational assimilation scheme including partition methods for nearshore wave models has been tailored to SWAN model for adjusting both, wave boundary conditions and wind fields. Also, the proposed scheme was modified for low spatial observation coverage by assuming a group of 'basic' inputs to contain all errors so as to be applied in the German Bight.