In a program conducted by the Coastal Engineering Research Center, cumulative wave height distribution functions, from 10 wave gages operated by this agency over the past 20 years along the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts have been examined in the format of the exponential distribution. Based on this study, the authors have determined that one complete year of data at six observations per day, appears to yield a reliable wave height distribution up to the one percent level of occurrence. Further, wave data from shipboard weather reports when compared to wave gage data were found to be of some use in describing long term summaries of coastal wave height conditions. A brief discussion of data acquisition procedures and interpretation precedes a general discussion of wave climatology.

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 675-680
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00050924
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Maritime Research Center, Galveston
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTC 1693
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 15 1974 12:00AM