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Waves are hypnotic and beautiful. They can also be great fun. But Hurricanes Katrina and Rita taught us that they can be powerful and deadly while the 2004 tsunami proved that some waves are absolutely devastating. Science is the best tool for understanding and predicting the most extreme waves. Where do waves come from? Why are some big and some small? From winter to summ ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published September 25th 2006 by Joseph Henry Press
(first published January 1st 2006)
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• Smith, an experienced engineer and ocean sailor, covers the physics of waves and the effect on people of “extreme waves,” those “greater than 2.2 to 2.4 times the significant wave.” He focuses on the effects of these waves in the open ocean as well as on their near-shore effects, as with tsunami and hurricanes. The latter have been extensively covered in such works as Horace M. Karling’s Tsunamis: The Great Wave and Kerry Emanual’s Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes. Smith’s bo ...more
This is a very readable book with lots of data and references. I never realized how many ships sink each year, and what the causes actually are. Excellent treatment of many different aspects of waves and their effect on the maritime industry. Could have gone a little deeper into the math. Used reliable references and is quite objective. Is quite comprehensive in covering the documented results of extreme, or rogue, waves, and the discussions of their origins and frequency make this for a valuabl ...more