Book review: Extreme ocean waves

Pure and Applied Geophysics



‘‘Extreme Ocean Waves’’ is a collection of ten papers edited by Efim Pelinovsky and Christian Kharif that followed the April 2007 meeting of the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union. A note on terminology: extreme waves in this volume broadly encompass different types of waves, includ- ing deep-water and shallow-water rogue waves (alternatively termed freak waves), storm surges from cyclones, and internal waves. Other types of waves such as tsunamis or rissaga (meteotsunamis) are not discussed in this volume. It is generally implied that ‘‘extreme’’ has a statistical connotation relative to the average or significant wave height specific to each type of wave. Throughout the book, in fact, the reader will find a combination of theoretical and statistical/ empirical treatment necessary for the complete examination of this subject. In the introduction, the editors underscore the importance of studying extreme waves, documenting several dramatic instances of damaging extreme waves that occurred in 2007. 

Review info: Extreme Ocean Waves. By E. Pelinovsky and C. Kharif (eds), 2008. ISBN: 978-1402083136, xiii, 196 pp.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Book review: Extreme ocean waves
Series title Pure and Applied Geophysics
DOI 10.1007/s00024-010-0249-z
Volume 168
Issue 10
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Birkhaüser Verlag
Publisher location Basel, Switzerland
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page 1887
Last page 1888
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