Articles | Volume 20, issue 10
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2665–2680, 2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2665–2680, 2020

Research article 09 Oct 2020

Research article | 09 Oct 2020

A statistical analysis of rogue waves in the southern North Sea

Ina Teutsch et al.

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Rogue waves pose a threat to marine operations and structures. Typically, a wave is called a rogue wave when its height exceeds twice that of the surrounding waves. There is still discussion on the extent to which such waves are unusual. A new data set of about 329 million waves from the southern North Sea was analyzed. While data from wave buoys mostly corresponded to expectations from known distributions, radar measurements showed some deviations pointing towards higher rogue wave frequencies.
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