Estimation of shallow water representative wave HEIGHTS

Winyu Rattanapitikon*, Tomoya Shibayama

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If the Rayleigh distribution of wave heights is valid, the representative wave heights can all be converted one to another through the known relationships. In shallow water, it has been pointed out by many researchers that the wave height distribution deviates from the Rayleigh distribution. However, it is not clear whether this deviation can lead to significant errors on the estimation of representative wave heights or not. Experimental data from small-scale, large-scale, and field experiments were used to examine the errors of the relationships derived from the Rayleigh distribution on estimating representative wave heights. The examination indicates that if Hrms is given, the relationships give overall very good estimations on H̄ and H1/3, good estimation on H1/10 but fair estimation on Hmax- The effect of wave breaking was empirically incorporated into the relationships. The new relationships give better estimation than the relationships derived from the Rayleigh distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-310
Number of pages20
JournalCoastal Engineering Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • Highest one-tenth wave height
  • Maximum wave height
  • Mean wave height
  • Rayleigh distribution
  • Representative wave heights
  • Significant wave height

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Ocean Engineering


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