Operational Needs for Wave Data,
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ROCKVILLE MD
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Information about ocean waves is needed to improve our understanding of the oceans dynamics and its interactions, and to design and operate ships and offshore platforms, to plan shipping routes, and to design engineering works--ports and harbors for example, or beach protective systems--to understand coastal processes, and for commercial and recreational fishing. While ocean waves have been studied and measured for these and other purposes, demands have increased in recent years for more and better wave data. Besides the range of needs for wave data entailed by ocean science and engineering, those responsible for planning the use of coastal lands or for emergency preparedness need accurate knowledge of wave conditions in advance of their occurrence, the effects of the waves, and the nature and probability of particularly destructive waves.