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Waves and Swells in High Wind and Extreme Fetches, Measurements in the Southern Ocean

Alexander Babanin, W Erick Rogers, Ricardo de Camargo, Martin Doble, Tom Durrant, Kirill Filchuk, Kevin Ewans, Mark Hemer, Tim Janssen, Boris Kelly-Gerreyn, Keith Machutchon, Peter McComb, Fangli Qiao, Eric Schulz, Alex Skvortsov, Jim Thomson, Marcello Vichi, Nelson Violante-Carvalho, David Wang, Takuji Waseda Show all

Frontiers in Marine Science | Frontiers Media | Published : 2019

Abstract

The generation and evolution of ocean waves by wind is one of the most complex phenomena in geophysics, and is of great practical significance. Predictive capabilities of respective wave models, however, are impaired by lack of field in situ observations, particularly in extreme Metocean conditions. The paper outlines and highlights important gaps in understanding the Metocean processes and suggests a major observational program in the Southern Ocean. This large, but poorly investigated part of the World Ocean is home to extreme weather around the year. The observational network would include distributed system of buoys (drifting and stationary) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASV), intende..

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