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Sea State Statistics and Extreme Waves Observed by Satellite

Lehner, Susanne and Schulz-Stellenfleth, Johannes and König, Thomas and Song, Guiting and Li, Xiao-Ming (2008) Sea State Statistics and Extreme Waves Observed by Satellite. In: Proceedings of OMAE 2008 (57878 (on CD-ROM)), pp. 1-7. ASME. 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2008), 2008-06-15 - 2008-06-20, Estoril (Portugal). ISBN 0791838218.

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Abstract

For the design of ships as well as for the investigation of ship accidents it is important to have knowledge about both the two dimensional spectral wave properties as well as extreme value statistics of ocean waves. Although numerical wave models have reached a high level of accuracy, they still have weaknesses with respect to the details of the 2-D wave spectrum. Furthermore standard models like WAM provide estimates of the 2-D wave spectrum, i.e., second order sea state statistics and therefore lack information on individual wave properties and the occurrence of extreme events. In this study the potential of global Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) wave mode data acquired by the European satellites ERS-2 and ENVISAT to investigate ship accidents is discussed and compared to altimeter data and ECMWF model results. These data are acquired independent of light and weather conditions on a global scale. A historic data set of ERS-2 wave mode data acquired between 1998 and 2000 is co-located with accidents which occurred during that time. ENVISAT ASAR wave mode data acquired since 2002 are considered, too. Different ocean wave parameters like significant wave height and wave periods are derived from the SAR data. The potential role of the respective wave conditions for some recent accident is discussed in detail. This includes in particular the analysis of cross sea conditions, groupiness and extreme events.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Sea State Statistics and Extreme Waves Observed by Satellite
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Lehner, SusanneUNSPECIFIED
Schulz-Stellenfleth, JohannesUNSPECIFIED
König, ThomasUNSPECIFIED
Song, GuitingUNSPECIFIED
Li, Xiao-MingUNSPECIFIED
Date:2008
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of OMAE 2008
Refereed publication:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-7
Editors:
EditorsEmail
ASME, UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:ASME
Series Name:Proceedings of OMAE
ISBN:0791838218
Status:Published
Keywords:Extreme waves, ERS-2, ENVISAT
Event Title: 27th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2008)
Event Location:Estoril (Portugal)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-06-15 - 2008-06-20
Organizer:ASME
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Entwicklung und Erprobung von Verfahren zur Gewässerfernerkundung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > Marine Remote Sensing
Deposited By: Bärbel Bolowski
Deposited On:16 Oct 2008
Last Modified:02 Nov 2010 14:32

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