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Rogue Waves in the Ocean

  • Christian Kharif
  • Efim Pelinovsky
  • Alexey Slunyaev

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Christian Kharif, Efim Pelinovsky, Alexey Slunyaev
    Pages 1-10
  3. Christian Kharif, Efim Pelinovsky, Alexey Slunyaev
    Pages 11-31
  4. Christian Kharif, Efim Pelinovsky, Alexey Slunyaev
    Pages 33-61
  5. Christian Kharif, Efim Pelinovsky, Alexey Slunyaev
    Pages 63-89
  6. Christian Kharif, Efim Pelinovsky, Alexey Slunyaev
    Pages 91-171
  7. Christian Kharif, Efim Pelinovsky, Alexey Slunyaev
    Pages 173-209
  8. Christian Kharif, Efim Pelinovsky, Alexey Slunyaev
    Pages 211-212
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 213-216

About this book

Introduction

“It came from nowhere, snapping giant ships in two. No one believed the survivors . . . until now” —New Scientist magazine cover, June 30, 2001 Rogue waves are the focus of this book. They are among the waves naturally - served by people on the sea surface that represent an inseparable feature of the Ocean. Rogue waves appear from nowhere, cause danger, and disappear at once. They may occur on the surface of a relatively calm sea and not reach very high amplitudes, but still be fatal for ships and crew due to their unexpectedness and abnormal features. Seamen are known to be unsurpassed authors of exciting and horrifying stories about the sea and sea waves. This could explain why, despite the increasing number of documented cases, that sailors’ observations of “walls of - ter” have been considered ctitious for a while. These stories are now addressed again due to the amount of doubtless evidence of the existence of the phenomenon, but still without suf cient information to - able interested researchers and engineers to completely understand it. The billows appear suddenly, exceeding the surrounding waves by two times their size and more, and obtaining many names: abnormal, exceptional, extreme, giant, huge, s- den, episodic, freak, monster, rogue, vicious, killer, mad- or rabid-dog waves, cape rollers, holes in the sea, walls of water, three sisters, etc.

Keywords

Coast Ocean Oceanography applied mathematics fluid mechanics geophysics natural hazards nonlinear waves physical oceanography

Authors and affiliations

  • Christian Kharif
    • 1
  • Efim Pelinovsky
    • 2
  • Alexey Slunyaev
    • 2
  1. 1.IRPHE Technopole de Chateau-Gombert13384 MarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Russian Academy of Sciences Inst. Appl. PhysicsNizhny Novgorod

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