The Development of a Wave Data Analysis Standard for a National Wave Measurement Program

by Michael Tubman, USAE Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Marshall Earle, USAE Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
David McGehee, USAE Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ocean Wave Measurement and Analysis


The Field Wave Gaging Program (FWGP) at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Coastal Engineering Research Center (CERC) collects and analyzes wave data from around the U.S. coastline to contribute to a National wave data base. The FWGP relies not only on its in-house gaging effort to provide data, but also uses several regional gaging networks to extend its geographical coverage. Questions regarding the quality of statistical treatments or model comparisons arise when data are used from sources using different analysis techniques. To maximize the usefulness of the FWGP's wave data to the coastal engineering community, improve the integration of efforts between the various regional networks and maintain the quality of the data, the FWGP is developing a standard for the analysis and reporting of the data. This paper describes the development of the standard for the FWGP.

Subject Headings: Wave measurement | Data analysis | Water waves | Ocean waves | Computing in civil engineering | Coastal engineering | Standards and codes | United States

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