ON LONG-TERM STATISTICS FOR OCEAN AND COASTAL WAVES

Michel K. Ochi

Abstract


This paper discusses the statistical properties of long-term ocean and coastal waves derived from analysis of available data. It was found from the results of the analysis that the statistical properties of wave height and period obey the bi-variate log-normal probability law. The method to determine the confidence domain for a specified confidence coefficient is presented so that reliable information in severe seas where data are always sparse can be obtained from a contingency table. Estimation of the extreme significant wave height expected in the long-term is also discussed.

Keywords


statistics; long term statistics; ocean waves

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