The problems involved with the use of parametric models to describe the long-term behaviour of the significant wave height are discussed. In particular, it is shown that the usual understanding of "good fit" does not ensure a good representation of the tails. The problem of defining a population and of choosing one sample for inferring the parameters of the distribution is discussed. In particular, the time-varying character of the data is illustrated. A new model of long-term distribution is proposed which accounts for this variability.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • OMAE 1995, 14th Intl Conf on Offshore Mechanics & Arctic Engng; 18-22 June 1995; Copenhagen, Denmark. Sponsored by ASME et al. Procs. Publ by ASME, ISBN 0-7918-1308-8. Vol II, p 51 [11 p, 24 ref, 6 tab, 4 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Soares, C Guedes
    • Ferreira, J A
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00718710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM