Higher waves along U.S. East Coast linked to hurricanes
Article first published online: 4 SEP 2007
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 88, Issue 30, page 301, 24 July 2007
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2007), Higher waves along U.S. East Coast linked to hurricanes, Eos Trans. AGU, 88(30), 301–301, doi:10.1029/2007EO300001., and (
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 4 SEP 2007
Ocean wave heights measured by buoys along the U.S. Atlantic coast document an increase during the summer months when hurricanes are most important to wave generation. Wave heights greater than 3 meters, which can be attributed to specific hurricanes, have increased on average by 0.7–1.8 meters in the past 30 years, with the southernmost buoy that is offshore of Charleston, S.C., experiencing the highest rate of increase. The most extreme hourly averaged wave heights generated by major hurricanes have increased from about 7 meters early in the records of the buoys to more than 10 meters during the most recent decade. This increase in wave heights can be attributed in large part to a progressive intensification of the hurricanes, which Emanuel  has documented through his analyses of hurricane wind speeds.