Wave Height

In fluid dynamics, the wave height of a surface wave is the difference between the elevations of a crest and a neighbouring trough. Wave height is a term used by mariners, as well as in coastal, ocean and naval engineering.

At sea, the term significant wave height is used as a means to introduce a well-defined and standardized statistic to denote the characteristic height of the random waves in a sea state. It is defined in such a way that it more–or–less corresponds to what a mariner observes when estimating visually the average wave height.

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... Wind waves are mechanical waves that propagate along the interface between water and air the restoring force is provided by gravity, and so they are often referred to as surface gravity waves ... These forces transfer energy from the air to the water, forming waves ... The initial formation of waves by the wind is described in the theory of Phillips from 1957, and the subsequent growth of the small waves has been ...
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... by the following two parameters The significant wave height H1/3 — the mean wave height of the one third highest waves ... The mean wave period, T1 ... is in addition to these two parameters (or variation of the two) also described by the wave spectrum which is the product of a wave height spectrum and a wave ...
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