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The WavewatchIII model is operational at DICCA, University of Genoa, with a 10 km grid resolution over the whole Mediterranean basin. A nested grid of 2km resolution covers the Northern Thyrrenian Sea and the Ligurian Sea. Wind forcing is obtained by means of WRF runs with 10 km grid resolution for the whole Mediterranean basin and with 3.3 km grid resolution for the Northern Thyrrenian Sea.

The wind forcing required to drive WWIII simulations has been provided by 10-m wind fields obtained using the state-of-the-art non-hydrostatic mesoscale model WRF-ARW. A single computational domain of 328x265 points has been defined for the WRF model, covering the Western and Central Mediterranean with horizontal resolution of 10 km. Initial and boundary conditions for atmospheric simulations with the WRF model were generated from the CFSR (Climate Forecast System Reanalysis) reanalysis database. CFSR data are archived at 0.5°x0.5° horizontal resolution, on 37 pressure levels.

WaveWatchIII model, 2009 National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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