ESTIMATING LONG-TERM WAVE STATISTICS FROM LONG-TERM WIND STATISTICS

Paul C. Liu

Abstract


The Wave Climate Synthesis method, which derives long-term wave statistics from long-term wind statistics directly, is tested with four years of wind and wave measurements recorded from eight NOMAD buoys in the Great Lakes during 1981-1984. The results show that it is an excellent method for estimating long-term wave statistics and design wave height. While the method is by no means intended to replace wave hindcasting procedures, it is shown to be a useful additional tool for the coastal engineer.

Keywords


wave estimation; wave statistics; wind statistics; wind waves

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