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Extreme Waves of Sea Storms

[+] Author Affiliations
Francesco Fedele

Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah, GA

Felice Arena

Mediterranea University, Reggio Calabria, Italy

M. Aziz Tayfun

Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait

Paper No. OMAE2010-20187, pp. 179-188; 10 pages
  • ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering: Volume 2
  • Shanghai, China, June 6–11, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4910-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3873-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


We present a stochastic model of sea storms for describing long-term statistics of extreme wave events. The formulation generalizes Boccotti’s equivalent triangular storm model (Boccotti 2000) by describing an actual storm history in the form of a generic power law. The latter permits the derivation of analytical solutions for the return periods of extreme wave events and associated statistical properties. Finally, we assess the relative validity of the new model and its predictions by analyzing wave measurements retrieved from two NOAA-NODC buoys in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Waves , Storms , Seas



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