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Statistical and physical aspects of extreme waves in coastal areas

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Dutch title: Statistische en fysische aspecten van extreme golven in kustgebieden
Reference no: G.0477.04 + G047704N
Acronym: EXWACO
Period: January 2004 till December 2007
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Coastal waters; Extreme waves; Physical oceanography; Water wave forecasting
Geographical term: ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]

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  • KU Leuven; Departement Burgerlijke Bouwkunde; Afdeling Hydraulica, more, co-ordinator
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), more, sponsor
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen en Architectuur; Vakgroep Civiele Techniek; Afdeling Weg- en Waterbouw (AWW), more, partner
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Vlaams Ministerie van Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Agentschap voor Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust; Afdeling Kust, more, partner

Abstract:
The project aims at improving the understanding and the description of the statistical and physical properties of individual waves in shallow water records. Detailed records of wave buoys in the Belgian coastal area will be analysed. The analysis is focused on single extreme waves in wave records, and not on the extreme analysis of integrated parameters of the sea- state. These integrated parameters are still needed in the search for possible indicators of increased risk to encounter unusual waves, given the sea state. Such indicators are of great value in forecasting dangerous sea conditions. This information is needed for short and long term risk assessment in order to avoid and/or minimize human, environmental and economic loss or damaga in sea-affected operations.

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