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A review of wave climate and prediction along the Spanish Mediterranean coast

Sánchez-Arcilla, A.; González-Marco, D.; Bolanos-Sanchez, Rodolfo. 2008 A review of wave climate and prediction along the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 8 (6). 1217-1228.

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Abstract/Summary

This paper reviews the characterization of wave storms along the Spanish/Catalan Mediterranean coast. It considers the "physical" and "statistical" description of wave parameters and how they are affected by the prevailing meteo patterns and the sharp gradients in orography and bathymetry. The available field data and numerically simulated wave fields are discussed from this perspective. The resulting limits in accuracy and predictability are illustrated with specific examples. This allows deriving some conclusions for both short-term operational predictions and a long-term climatic assessment.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Shelf and coastal processes
ISSN: 1561-8633
Additional Keywords: WIND-WAVES; MODEL; GENERATION; FIELDS; WAM
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 17 Apr 2009 10:03
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6490

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