Articles | Volume 14, issue 9
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 5561–5582, 2021
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 5561–5582, 2021

Model evaluation paper 09 Sep 2021

Model evaluation paper | 09 Sep 2021

Australian tidal currents – assessment of a barotropic model (COMPAS v1.3.0 rev6631) with an unstructured grid

David A. Griffin et al.

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Short summary
In support of the developing ocean renewable energy sector, and indeed all mariners, we have developed a new tidal model for Australian waters and thoroughly evaluated it using a new compilation of tide gauge and current meter data. We show that while there is certainly room for improvement, the model provides useful predictions of tidal currents for about 80 % (by area) of Australian shelf waters. So we intend to commence publishing tidal current predictions for those regions soon.