Accession Number:

ADA089624

Title:

Interpretation of Wave Energy Spectra.

Descriptive Note:

Coastal engineering technical aid rept.,

Corporate Author:

COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Guidelines for interpreting nondirectional wave energy spectra are presented. A simple method is given for using the spectrum to estimate a significant height and period for each major wave train in most sea states. The method allows a more detailed and accurate description of ocean surface waves than that given by a single significant height and period, yet it eliminates much of the formidable detail of a full spectrum. An example problem illustrating application of the method is presented. Spectral analysis and display techniques, and the natural variation of spectra in space and time, are discussed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE