Bernardino, M., Rusu, L. and Guedes Soares, C. (2021), “Evaluation of extreme storm waves in the Black Sea”, Journal of Operational Oceanography, Vol. 14(2), pp. 114-128

The objective of the present study is to give a contribution to the extreme wave climate assessment in the Black Sea, as studies of extreme storm waves are of great interest for coastal protection and maritime traffic. High resolution wind wave data sets are used to investigate trends and variability of the characteristics of extreme storm waves. Two different methodologies (Eulerian and Lagrangean) are applied to 30 years of wave hindcast from 1987 to 2016, over the Black Sea to identify extreme storm waves and also to assess the extreme wave climate. The statistical characteristics of these storms as maximum significant wave height, the maximum area affected by the storm, storm life time, maximum area in the track, length of the track, are investigated as well as its evolution along the track.

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