Distribution of extreme waves behind a shoal

Charles L. Vincent, Michael J. Briggs

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In 1989 Vincent and Briggs found that irregular waves with directional spread typical of natural wave systems were not as strongly focused behind a shoal as would be predicted from use of monochromatic waves. These conclusions were based on an analysis of significant wave height alone. Reexamination of the data in terms of H(max) and H(1/100) indicated that the largest waves behind the shoal were close to those predicted from the Rayleigh distribution based on the observed significant height.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-56
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering


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