Development of a coastal information system for the management of Jeddah coastal waters in Saudi Arabia

R. Mayerle, A. Al-Subhi, J. Fernández Jaramillo*, A. Salama, G. Bruss, K. Zubier, K. Runte, A. Turki, K. Hesse, H. Jastania, N. Ladwig, M. Mudarris

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This paper presents results of the development and application of a web-based information system, Jeddah CIS, for assisting decision makers in the management of Jeddah coastal waters, in Saudi Arabia. The system will support coastal planning, management of navigation and tackle pollution due to accidents. The system was developed primarily to nowcast in quasi-real time and to deliver short-term forecasts of water levels, current velocities and waves with high spatial and temporal resolution for the area near Jeddah. Therefor it will hasten response when adverse weather conditions prevail. The Jeddah-CIS integrates sensors transmitting in real time, meteorological, oceanographic and water quality parameters and operational models for flow and waves. It also provides interactive tools using advanced visualization techniques to facilitate dissemination of information. The system relies on open source software and has been designed to facilitate the integration of additional components for enhanced information processing, data evaluation and generation of higher water level, current velocity and wave for the general public. Jeddah-CIS has been operational since 2013. Extensions of the system to speed operations and improving the accuracy of the predictions to the public are currently underway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalComputers and Geosciences
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Coastal information systems
  • Forecasting
  • Modeling systems
  • Nowcasting
  • Operational models
  • Operational sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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