CASE STUDY ANALYSIS OF POTENTIAL BENEFITS FROM A WAVE FORECASTING SERVICE

Coastal ports and harbors, sea-bordering lands, and inland waterways are the scenes of storm-related incidents resulting in costly damages to life and property. Some emphasis is currently placed on sea forecasts by coastal weather services, especially the movement of the storm centers and accompanying high winds and precipitation patterns. However, wave forecasts made and dispersed to the public do not ordinarily utilize the most advanced techniques now available because of the need for electronic computers, the sophistication of the models, and the need for correct weather data. As a result wave forecasts are generalized in both height prediction and location. With the advent of improved weather forecasting techniques and advanced wave formation theory, it should be possible to reliably predict wave height, frequency of wave oscillation, direction of travel, and associate them on a time scale. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a study which assessed the potential benefits of instituting such an improved wave forecasting service for the Port of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Detailed information on wave forecasting theory and methods is available elsewhere.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Marine Technology Society

    5565 Sterrett Place, Suite 108
    Columbia, MD  USA  21044
  • Authors:
    • Dettmann, D C
    • Berg, W D
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 26-30
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173262
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Technology Society
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM