Understanding the key metocean processes that impact a development site is fundamental. It is a prerequisite for selection of appropriate data sources and assessment of data integrity. Attention also needs to be paid to the characterisation of these processes for clients, who may not be metocean specialists.

Oceanalysis provides clients with a clear and pragmatic interpretation of metocean data, to highlight the key features of engineering significance. Efforts are also made to deliver metocean data products in a convenient digital format for efficient input to engineering software packages.

In addition to the broad knowledge of metocean processes required for successful consultancy, Oceanalysis specialises in solitons and squalls, described below. These are key features of a broader expertise in vertical profile characterisation for ocean currents and offshore winds. Such topics have been the focus of many projects for individual clients, numerous Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) and related publications.

A soliton is an oceanographic process responsible for strong rapidly varying currents that represent a hazard to offshore activities. Rapidly varying squall winds are a major operational consideration in many offshore regions and dominate extreme winds in a few. Both solitons and squalls are difficult to model and usually require rapidly sampled measurement for reliable quantification.