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Measurements of the offshore wave climate around the British Isles by satellite altimeter

Woolf, D.K.; Cotton, P.D.; Challenor, P.G.. 2003 Measurements of the offshore wave climate around the British Isles by satellite altimeter. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 361 (1802). 27-31. 10.1098/rsta.2002.1103

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Abstract/Summary

Satellite altimetry gives a new perspective on ocean wave climate. Measurements around the British Isles show a strong seasonality, with exceptionally large average wave heights to the west and north of the British Isles in the winter. Furthermore, the interannual variability of winter wave climate is very high. Most of this variability can be described by a strong linear dependence on the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index. This relationship may largely explain observations of increasing wave heights in the northeastern Atlantic and northern North Sea during the latter decades of the 20th century, coincident with a long-term rise in the NAO.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1098/rsta.2002.1103
Additional Keywords: SATELLITE ALTIMETRY, BRITISH WATERS, WAVE CLIMATE, SEASONAL VARIATIONS, WAVE HEIGHT
Date made live: 12 May 2004 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/102119

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