Wave Forecasting for West Coast of India

by Jade Dattatri, Lectuer; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Karnataka Regional Engrg. Coll., Surathkal, India,
P. S. Renukaradhya, Asst. Civ. Engr.; Andaman Harbor Works, Andaman Islands, India; formerly, Postgrad. Student, Marine Structures Section, Karnataka Regional Engrg. Coll., Surathkal, India,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 3, Pg. 505-515

Document Type: Journal Paper


The applicability of the general wave forecasting procedures, e.g., the SMB and the PNJ methods, to the West Coast of India is studied. The study consisted of the analysis of the synoptic charts to obtain the necessary wind characteristics. The computed wind characteristics were used in the general forecasting methods to yield significant wave heights. These were compared with the wave characteristics as recorded by a subsurface pressure type recorder after suitable modification to account for the attenuation of wave pressure with depth. The predicted wave heights and periods compared well with the recorded wave heights and periods and the SMB method predicted wave heights better for the case studied.

Subject Headings: Wave pressure | Forecasting | Ocean waves | Developing countries | Wind engineering | Wave attenuation | Subsurface environment | India | Asia

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