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Rogue waves - Forecast and impact on marine structures


Project timeline
December 2000
37 months
December 2003
General Information
Within the last years a high number of large ships has been lost. The causes of accidents are in many cases believed to be 'rogue waves'. These are individual waves of exceptional wave height or abnormal shape. In this project properties of and forecasting abilities for low frequency wave fields, extreme individual waves and wave groups are investigated for both deep and shallow waters. New design criteria considering the impact of rogue waves on ships and offshore constructions will be derived. The innovation is the combination of new oceanographic knowledge and ocean wave data resources with new approaches to vessels, marine construction, design and operation. It addresses the needs of coastal engineers and port designers/operators in terms of influence and impacts of extreme waves. The main objective is to provide a quality-based metocean information product for the benefit of both high sea and coastal zone operating industry and authorities.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP5-EESD-1999, KA3: Sustainable marine ecosystems, Operational forecasting of environmental constraints of offshore activities (1.1.4.-3.4)
Project TypeRTD
Contract NumberEVK3-CT-2000-00026
Co-ordinatorHelmholtz Zentrum Hereon (DE)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Prof Emil Stanev, Institute of Coastal Research, KSD Phone: +49 4152 87 1597, (initial contact: Dr. Wolfgang Rosenthal, Institute of Coastal Research)
E-mail contact
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Det Norske Veritas AS (NO), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR (DE), Instituto Superior Tecnico (PT), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), Météo France, Centre de Recherches Météorologiques (FR), Norwegian Meteorological Institute (NO), Ocean SensWare (DE), Secretary of State for Defence - Ministry of Defence (UK), Technische Universität Berlin (DE)

(completed November 2003)

Last Update: 18. May 2021