Evolution of surface wave spectra in extreme sea states along the eastern Adriatic open sea and channel areas

Nenad Leder (HHI); Vladimir Andročec; Srđan Čupić (HHI); Nenad Domijan (HHI); Goran Lončar;

Godina: 2010

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Rapport du Commission Internationale pour l’exploration scientifique de la Mer Mediteranee, 39, 135.

The process of formation and development of surface waves may be considered as a function of three basic variables: wind direction and speed, length of fetch over which the wind blows and duration of wind of a particular direction. Occurrence of a fully developed model of wind waves is unusual in the Adriatic Sea, which is a semi-enclosed sea of limited fetches. However, instrumental measurements and visual onboard observations of surface wave elements show that during strong gale force winds of longer fetches (SE, W, SW and NE) wave models of respectable dimensions may be developed in the Adriatic Sea area. Absolute maximum of wave height in the Adriatic Sea Hmax= 10.8 m was measured in the north Adriatic (near station V1) and extreme expected value of wave height in the Adriatic is about 14 m.