THE MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT IN THE SOUTHERN NORTH SEA

L.H. Holthuijsen, J.G. de Ronde, Y. Eldeberky, H.L. Tolman, N. Booij, E. Bouws, P.G.P. Ferier, J. Andorka Gal

Abstract


The maximum possible wave conditions in the southern North Sea are estimated with synthetic storms and a third-generation wave model. The storms and the physics in the wave model have been chosen within the uncertainty of the stateof- the-art to have maximum effect. The wave conditions appear to be limited by the presence of the bottom and to some extent by the assumed maximum wind speed of 50 m/s. The maximum significant wave height thus determined for the southern North Sea is about 0.4 times the local water depth.

Keywords


North Sea; significant wave height

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