LONG TERM CHANGES IN WIND AND WAVE CLIMATE ON THE NORTH SEA

Frank M.J. Hoozemans

Abstract


This paper presents the first results of a study on the wind and wave climate along the Dutch coast of the North Sea. The analysis of time series of wind force, wave height, wind direction, etc, identifies the occurrence of long term changes in wind and (wind)wave climate. In the Dutch Coastal Defence Study, the results of these climate analyses were used to develop the so called "unfavourable hydro-meteorological scenario" with which an evaluation was made of the extreme impact of the shore line retreat of the Dutch coast. The wind and wave climate study is part of a project that examines the relation between changes in the regional wind and wave climate and the long term and large scale morphological development of the Dutch coast.

Keywords


wind climate; wave climate; climate change; North Sea

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