Wave Exposure Model

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)


This easy-to-use tool helps coastal managers, ecologists, and physical hydrologists estimate wave energy and its effects on ecosystem functions, as well as on developed coastal and inland-water areas.

Requires ArcGIS


  • Forecasts wind-wave energy and movement of seafloor sediment in enclosed water bodies such as estuaries and lakes
  • Works with standard data formats and factors such as shoreline erosion, fauna, and landscape patterns
  • Produces sample stratification by wave energy regime
  • Adjusts to wind events that are chronic, extreme, or combined with storm surge

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