The Scottish Shelf Waters Reanalysis Service

The Scottish Shelf Waters Reanalysis Service (SSW-RS) is a downstream service of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service. The Scottish Shelf Waters Reanalysis Service provides hydrodynamic model outputs from 1993 to 2018 for the Scottish Continental Shelf and adjacent waters on an unstructured model mesh.
Target users include Scottish public bodies responsible for marine environmental regulation, industry and academia. The underlying model is the Scottish Shelf Model, an implementation of the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model. The Scottish Shelf Model has been developed by the National Oceanography Centre since 2012, under the guidance of Marine Scotland Science.


NOC has been responsible for the SSW-RS technical development (model setup and validation) and the 26-year run. NOC worked on the building of the boundary conditions from CMEMS data, the activation of SST data assimilation, the building of the atmospheric forcing from ERA5 and the building of the full river dataset.


PI: Michela De Dominicis, National Oceanography Centre, 


Project Dates: 
May 2019 to March 2021
  • EU Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service implemented by Mercator Ocean International