Monday, 11 March 2013

Wave Terminology

Crest The Highest Point Of The Wave

Trough Lowest point of a wave

Wave height Difference between Crest and Trough

Wave Length Distance between 2 successive crests

Wave Period The Time Taken for a wave to travel 1 wavelength

Wave velocity is the speed of the movement of the crests

Wave Steepness The ratio between Wave height and Wave length (when the ratio is excatly 1:7 the waves breaks)

Swell Waves/Distant Storms are waves of low height, long wavelength and period, gentle steepness

Sea Waves/Local Winds high height, very steep, short wavelength and period

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