Extreme Waves MOBI Ú Hardcover

Extreme Waves Fortunately, few of us on shore or in a boat have ever looked out to sea and seen a wave as tall as astory building racing toward us, and in that instant known that there was no way to outrun it, no way to survive, and that our life was about to come to an end Yet, such waves exist, waves that appear suddenly in the open ocean, waves big enough to break the back of modern crude oil tankers or bulk container ships and send them to the bottom before an SOS can be sent Recently two large cruise ships were front page news when they suffered damage and injured passengers after being hit by rogue waves Still horrific was the disaster that overtook Southeast Asia on December huge waves, hundreds of thousands deadThis book traces the origins of waves, explaining how calm seas change to stormy seas under the influence of winds, how waves propagate, the effect of currents, tides, and earthquakes, and how ships and offshore structures respond to extreme waves There is one hundred real life stories included in the book to illustrate the important topics stories from US Navy admirals responsible for nuclear carriers, to Brad Van Liew, who sailed single handed through the most dangerous oceans in the world, to win the recent Around the World Alone race There are ships that were hit and survived, and other vessels that did not survive Each incident entails heroism, mostly unsung, beyond that which we can imagine experiencingTsunami are not a result of rogue waves, but arise from earthquakes or submarine landslides In the open ocean, a tsunami might pass undetected it is only as it nears shallow waters near coastlines that its true terror and power are revealed Here, is shallower water, large waves can occur By understanding the mechanism of tsunami formation and propagation and knowing the warning signs many lives can be savedNew research using satellites to scan the world s oceans and measure wave heights has revealed that giant waves so called rogue waves,tometersto nearlyfeet high are not only real and not a figment of a sailor s imagination, but they occur far frequently than previously believed They can occur anywhere, when conditions are right, rising up suddenly to strike a ship, perhaps sinking it, before dissipating once again into the endless waves we are accustomed to seeing What defines a rogue wave is exactly this it appears suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, and is two or three times higher than that average height of the waves preceding or following itSadly, there is no single standard for the structural design of merchant ships to resist heavy seas Consequently, different classes of vessels have varying abilities to survive a rogue wave encounter Most commercial vessels are not designed to withstand waves much greater thantometersfeet in height, and as a consequence a surprising number of large ships are lost every month sometimes several a week somewhere in the world, due to rough weather and encounters with extreme waves The tragic loss of crews typicallysailors on a modern merchant vessel is a scandal that unfortunately receives scant attentionToday, with new knowledge concerning extreme waves, we have the ability to ensure that vessel losses become a rare event Advanced warning systems and education of coastal populations can likewise greatly reduce the death toll from tsunami

10 thoughts on “Extreme Waves

  1. Craig B. Smith Craig B. Smith says:

    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 latte

  2. Jake Jake says:

    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 quit

  3. David David says:

    Excellent, but I warn you, very technical This is the book waves.

  4. Mary Mary says:

    Overall enjoyed this booked I learned a lot about how Rogue waves and others Sometimes would get a little slow and technical in descriptions.

  5. Katie J Schwartz Katie J Schwartz says:

    I needed it for a school project, and it was pretty helpful.

  6. Theresa Theresa says:

    Excellent book on waves, it can be a bit dry at time, but full of fascinating information.

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