Significant wave height for shallow water design.

E. F. Thompson, C. L. Vincent

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The significant wave height parameters, used in coastal and ocean engineering, has traditionally been based on height statistics but many modern estuaries are based on wave energy. A simple empirical method was developed to relate statistical and energy based significant height estimates. The method was developed with CERC laboratory flume data from a 1:30 plane slope, two samples of field data, and stream function wave theory. Since the two significant height estimates differ by over 40% in some laboratory cases, engineers should clearly recognise the distinction between them. (from authors' abstract)

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
Issue number5 , Sep. 1985, p.828-842.
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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