Sea state

Current measurements in North Sea and Baltic Sea

The purpose of the measurements is to gather wave data serving the following purposes:

  • Safety in shipping, ferry services, surveying operations and information services,
  • Continual verification of the numerical wave forecasting model of the German Weather Service (DWD),
  • Verification of model results for future climate development,

    General description of wave conditions and wave climate.

The measured values on the map are uncorrected raw data.
CET = UTC+1 h, CEST = UTC+2 h

Sea State Portal

The quality-controlled measurement data and further statistics can be accessed via the sea state portal. Instructions for access can be found at the document Access to the BSH sea state portal (PDF, 944KB, Not barrier-free file.)

Current forecasts in North Sea and Baltic Sea

With its numerical models, the German Weather Service (DWD) calculates a forecast for wind and waves several times a day.

For the German Bight and the western Baltic Sea we provide this wave forecast of the German Weather Service.

Additional Information


Sea state

Dr. Christian Senet +49 40 3190-3222


Measurement technology

Kevin Hett +49 40 3190-3234


Questions about the sea state portal

Dr.-Ing. Mayumi Wilms +49 40 3190-3288

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