Rogue ocean waves have been theorized as a possible explanation for the sudden disappearance of ships throughout history. Rogue waves were thought to be fictional until 1995 when a time series of wave height containing an unusually large wave was obtained on the Draupner oil platform in the North Sea. Recent studies have utilized satellite imagery and computer simulations to determine conditions favorable to rogue wave formation. Data furnished by the Coastal Data Information Program of Scripps Institution of Oceanography was analyzed. This study included 8 buoys off the California coast and 1 buoy near Martha's Vineyard. The analysis concludes that rogue wave occurrence is greater in the summer and winter months, and that the average frequency of rogue waves in the areas studied is 6.9 per year when a rogue wave is defined as one whose height exceeds 2.2 times the significant wave height.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Physical oceanography, Physics|
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