WAVE GAUGING NETWORKS WORLDWIDE - AN OVERVIEW

J. Michael Hemsley

Abstract


Throughout the history of society's attempts to build on the beach, waves have been the principal antagonist. Engineers soon learned that to be successful, they had to understand the nature of the waves that attacked their structures. That understanding has led to many efforts to measure or estimate waves to develop a climatology useful in coastal design. Over the past 25 years, our ability to accurately and cost-effectively measure waves has improved considerably. This has resulted in an increasing number of gauging networks worldwide. This paper is a summary of many of those networks. Information on the networks will include, where available, the type gauges used, locations of stations, additional data collected, and data distribution means.

Keywords


wave gauge; gauge network

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