Implementing a National Wave Monitoring Network—Some Lessons and Plans

by David D. McGehee, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
J. Michael Hemsley, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ocean Wave Measurement and Analysis

Abstract: Most environmental problems involve a chemical and/or biological component and a physical processes component. A holistic approach must consider both components and the way they interact. To assess the environment risk, we must consider potential threat or exposure and resulting impacts. A network of deep and shallow water wave gages, operated by two federal agencies, is in place around the US. Closer coordination in planning, operation and distribution of the products of these two efforts will result in improved utilization and efficiencies for both agencies and the general public. Expansion of the networks beyond their basic meteorological and wave observations could form the basis for a more comprehensive US coastal ocean environmental monitoring system.

Subject Headings: Water waves | Chemical processes | Biological processes | Risk management | Aging (material) | Meteorology

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