STATISTICAL MODELLING OF LONG-TERM WAVE CLIMATES

Richard Burrows, Barham A. Salih

Abstract


The paper discusses the long-term statistical properties of ocean and coastal wave climates derived from the analysis of instrumental wave data. The aim of the work reported has been to determine the theoretical distributions, from those commonly used in analysis of wave data, which best describe the joint probability of significant wave height, Hs, and mean zero-upcrossing period, Tz. A method of modelling the wave climate in this manner has been developed utilizing parametric means of specification. The data base used in the study covers records from 18 sites around the British Isles.

Keywords


wave climate; statistical modeling

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