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Volume 22, issue 5
Ann. Geophys., 22, 1839–1842, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-22-1839-2004
© Author(s) 2004. This work is distributed under
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Ann. Geophys., 22, 1839–1842, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-22-1839-2004
© Author(s) 2004. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  08 Apr 2004

08 Apr 2004

Freak waves - more frequent than rare!

P. C. Liu1 and U. F. Pinho2 P. C. Liu and U. F. Pinho
  • 1NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • 2Department of Ocean Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abstract. Contrary to the widely held notion that considers the occurrence of freak waves in the ocean as being rare, from an examination of five years of wave measurements made in the South Atlantic Ocean, we found the occurrence of freak waves is actually more frequent than rare.

Key words. Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (waves and tides) – Oceanography: physical (surface waves and tides; air-sea interaction)

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