The highest waves in much of the North Sea are caused by winds from the north associated with low atmospheric pressure over Norway and Denmark with high atmospheric pressure over the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The precise pattern of isobars required to produce the biggest waves does not occur very often and paradoxically the pressure at the centres of the high and low pressure systems may not be extreme. Trends in the frequency and severity of these particular storms are investigated using readily available information. Different methods of extreme value analysis are used to predict extreme wave height and the variation in the resulting predictions of extreme values discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Climate Change Offshore N.W. Europe, an Assessment of the Impact of Changing Meteorological and Oceanographic (Metocean) Conditions on Offshore Activities; 18 April 1996; London, UK. Pprs. Publ by Soc for Underwater Technology, London, UK [16 p, 15 ref, 5 tab, 6 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Lawes, H D
  • Publication Date: 1996


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  • Accession Number: 00727975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM