Distribution of Extreme Winds over Oceans

by Herbert C. S. Thom, (M.ASCE), Private Consultant; Engrg. Climatology and Oceanography, Rockville, MD,


Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Pg. 1-17


Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: Previous work for land areas and the North Atlantic Ocean working toward a universal extreme wind distribution is extended to all of the tropical cyclone areas of the world. Additional data on the universal values of the parameter of the distributions verify and extend previous results. The basis for the extreme value distribution and its parameters is found to be in geometric probability theory. An example is given illustrating the application of the methods to an ocean location.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Wind engineering | Seas and oceans | Parameters (statistics) | Geometrics | Probability distribution | Verification | Cyclones | Tropical regions | Atlantic Ocean

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