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The Defra strategic wave monitoring network for England and Wales provides a single source of real-time wave data from a network of wave buoys located in areas at risk from flooding.

Defra has policy responsibility for this topic and the WaveNet programme is managed by a steering group.

WaveNet data is used by flood managers, local authorities, consultants and other stakeholders to assess flood and coastal erosion risk, and to improve the management of floods. The wave data is used to validate the Met Office wave model, which is run four times daily.

In addition, on a longer timescale, the data can be used to help design improved flood defence schemes and to provide evidence for climate change studies.

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Email: WaveNet@cefas.co.uk

In Association with:

Met Office


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Last Modified: 19 December 2014