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Application of Regional Frequency Analysis for Identification of Homogeneous Regions of Design Wave Conditions Offshore Portugal

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Cláudia Lucas, G. Muraleedharan, C. Guedes Soares

Technical University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

Paper No. OMAE2011-50214, pp. 865-873; 9 pages
  • ASME 2011 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: Structures, Safety and Reliability
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 19–24, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4434-2
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Regional frequency analysis (RFA) based on L-moments is applied to the HIPOCAS hindcast data using daily maximum significant wave heights offshore Portugal to identify the homogeneous regions and to suggest the appropriate regional frequency distribution and extreme quantiles. Several statistics are computed at the various grid points in the area of study to classify the wave conditions of the regions. The daily maximum significant wave heights of the rough winter month January are used for this case study. The results of the study have shown that there are 3 homogeneous regions in the offshore region under investigation (35°–45°N, − 9.5°–− 11°W) comprising from 15 equally spaced grid points referring to an area of 0.25°×0.25°. It is interesting to observe that the algorithm is able to identify neighboring grid points as members of different regions. The maximum discrepancy between the at-sites’ extreme quantiles and their respective regional quantiles is 0.82 m for a return period of 100 years.

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