North Sea Climate

North Sea Climate : Based on observations from ships and lightvessels

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The need for climatological data of the North Sea has increased during the past years. The increase in offshore and recreational activities can benefit greatly from such data. In order to meet this need weather observations made by ships and lightvessels in the North Sea have been processed extensively, which has resulted in a large number of tables, charts, etc. with climatological data. This publication gives a selection of these data, in which the emphasis lies on wind and wave data. In addition, some characteristic data on air and sea tempera- ture, cloud cover, precipitation, visibility and sea level pressure are given. With regard to the observations of the lightvessels the publication can be consi- dered as a continuation of earlier work. It also concludes the era of observations made by crew on board lightvessels, which gradually ended in the 1970's. The observations on fixed platforms which are now replacing the observations of the lightvessels are of a quite different character. The data are based on observations made on board lightvessels during the period 0 1949 -1980 and voluntary observing ships in the area between 51 ON and 60 N during the period 1961-1980. The observations of the lightvessels have been compared with those published for earlier periods (1859 -1883, 1884 -1909 and 1910 -1940). The manuscript (or part of it) has been critically examined by Prof.Dr.Ir. J.A. Battjes, E. Bouws, Dr.Ir. J.A. Buishand, H.A.M. Geurts, Dr. GJ.Komen, Dr. G.P.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1990 ed.
  • XII, 138 p.
  • 0792306643
  • 9780792306641

Table of contents

List of Contents.- 1. Introduction.- 2. Methods of observation and reporting.- 2.1 Air temperature.- 2.2 Sea surface temperature.- 2.3 Air pressure.- 2.4 Cloud cover.- 2.5 Precipitation.- 2.6 Visibility.- 2.7 Wind.- 2.8 Waves.- 3. Climatological data.- 3.1 Air temperature.- 3.1.1 General remarks.- 3.1.2 Geographical distribution.- 3.1.3 Annual variation.- 3.1.4 Variability at a certain place.- 3.1.5 Variation over the period 1859-1980.- 3.2 Sea surface temperature.- 3.2.1 Geographical distribution.- 3.2.2 Annual variation.- 3.2.3 Variability at a certain place.- 3.2.4 Variation over the period 1885-1980.- 3.3 Air-sea temperature difference.- 3.4 Visibility.- 3.4.1 Geographical distribution.- 3.4.2 Annual variation.- 3.4.3 Diurnal variation.- 3.4.4 Relation to wind force.- 3.4.5 Relation to wind direction.- 3.4.6 Persistence.- 3.5 Cloud cover.- 3.6 Precipitation.- 3.7 Sea level pressure.- 3.8 Wind.- 3.8.1 General remarks.- 3.8.2 Exceedance percentages.- 3.8.3 Wind roses.- 3.8.4 Persistence diagrams.- 3.8.5 Probabilities of extreme high wind speeds.- 3.8.6 Comparison of the wind data of the Netherlands lightvessels with other periods.- 3.9 Waves.- 3.9.1 General remarks.- 3.9.2 Exceedance percentages.- 3.9.3 Wave roses.- 3.9.4 Persistence diagrams.- 3.9.5 Probabilities of extreme wave heigts.- References.- Appendix 1 Beaufort scale of wind force for reporting wind at sea.- Appendix 2 Beaufort scale of wind force for use in scientific projects.- 4. Figures.
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