Extreme waves

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Dockside Consultants Inc, 2006 - Ocean waves - 291 pages
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"Extreme Waves is a science and history of waves. Covering both the headline stories as well as incidents that are less well-known but equally startling, Craig Smith, author and amateur sailor, will keep you riveted from the first chapter to the last."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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• Smith, a sailor and author of How the Great Pyramid Was Built, intersperses occasionally dry explanations of the complex physics of waves with harrowing tales of modern-day maritime
tragedies. He enumerates the many natural forces that create waves: the moon's gravity pulls on the oceans; Earth's rotation pushes them; the sun heats them; the wind tugs against their surface; earthquakes displace them. The resulting waves can propagate from one side of the ocean to the other: waves from one storm race outward to interact with waves from another, converging ocean currents force them even higher or flatten them out completely. The complexity of waves staggers the imagination. In modern times, Smith says, with the importance of shipping and the growth of off-shore drilling platforms, understanding waves is more vital than ever-we must especially understand extreme, or rogue, waves that can appear out of nowhere and tower over a hundred feet high. In a chapter on the 2004 tsunami, Smith recounts the harrowing experience of two scuba divers caught in the maelstrom and suggests California could be at risk for a future tsunami. Science is only beginning to understand tsunamis, hurricanes and rogue waves, and Smith's book is for readers who want a serious scientific look at what we're learning.
—Publishers Weekly, reviewed 2006-06-26
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• Rough seas, rogue waves, and tsunamis are fascinating but dangerous. In this excellent and readable overview, Craig Smith provides a splendid blend of descriptions of historical incidents, recent personal accounts, and scientific underpinnings. Mariners, armchair enthusiasts, and those concerned with the safety of ships at sea and of coastal communities will enjoy the book and learn a lot from it.
—Professor Chris Garrett, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria.
• Have you ever stood on beach or a deck of a boat or ship and wondered “where do the waves come from”? Craig Smith’s Extreme Waves will answer the question in a factual and understandable way. He has captured the fury of ocean waves by his use of real incidents. But the most enjoyable part of reading Extreme Waves is Smith’s running account of his experiences aboard his sailing boat Dreams. His Dreams stories allow the reader to visualize the ocean from a real everyday experience.
—Jerry Aspland, President Emeritus, California Maritime Academy and Master Mariner.
 

Contents

The Calm Sea
The Four Winds and Waves
Over the Bounding Main
Tempests and StormTossed Seas
Swell
Terror Waves Tsunami
The Southeast Asia Tsunami of December 26 2004
A Confused Sea
When the Big Wave Comes Are Ships Safe Enough?
Davy Joness Locker
Recent Research on Extreme Waves
Units of Measure and Conversion Factors
Glossary of Special Terms
End Notes Introduction
Annotated Bibliography
Permissions and Credits

Freaks Rogues and Giants

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About the author (2006)

Craig B.Smith is passionate about the sea. When not sailing, for the last 40 years he has been involved in the engineering and construction of large, complex projects. He has served as a project engineer, project manager, construction manager, or executive-in-charge on diverse projects including structural tests on offshore oil platforms in the North Sea, the California coast, and Gulf of Mexico; on seismic tests of dams and other large structures; construction of a waste-to-energy power plant; construction management of large mass transit systems and several large facilities in the Port of Los Angeles; design and construction of numerous laboratory and research facilities employing advanced technologies; airport expansion programs; and the renovation of the Pentagon, before and after 9/11. His projects have taken him to many parts of the world: Brazil, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Egypt, England, Germany, Finland, Norway, and others.

Smith’s professional career began as an assistant professor of engineering at UCLA, where he was also the assistant director of the nuclear energy laboratory. After seven years at UCLA, he co founded ANCO Engineers, Inc., an engineering consulting firm in Los Angeles, where he served as the president and chairman. From 1988 to 1992 he was the president of FSEC, a Los Angeles architecture/engineering/construction firm, then joined AECOM Technology Corporation, one of the world’s largest architecture, engineering and construction companies, as a vice president of Daniel, Mann, Johnson, and Mendenhall (DMJM), where he served as the practice manager for DMJM’s construction and facilities management practice. He was subsequently promoted to senior vice president, executive vice president, and chief operating officer. In 1999, he was named president of Holmes and Narver, Inc. In 2001, when DMJM and Holmes and Narver merged, he became the president of the combined companies, which are now called DMJM H+N. In 2003 he became chairman of DMJM H+N. Holmes and Narver was responsible for the design, construction and some cases operation and management of several military facilities in the Pacific, including a number located on Johnston Atoll, Enwetak, Kwajalein, Guam, and Hawaii.

Smith is a dedicated sailor; having sailed in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific and explored the offshore islands of California and Baja California, Mexico in his 10 meter sailboat Dreams (a cutter-rigged Hans Christian.) His previous books include Efficient Electricity Use, (2nd ed.) Pergamon Press, Oxford, England, 1977, named “outstanding academic book of the year” by the American Library Association’s Choice magazine; Energy Management Principles, Pergamon Press, Oxford, England, 1981; and How the Great Pyramid Was Built, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 2004. Written for the general public, the book has many new insights into how the mammoth structure was actually built and is described as “highly readable; the most complete analysis from an engineering and construction perspective.” In 2006 his book Extreme Waves was published by the Joseph Henry Press of the U.S. National Academy of Science. In 2008, Lightning: Fire from the Sky was published. His education includes a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a M.S. and PhD. in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a registered professional engineer in California. He lives on the Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, California, which is also the homeport for his boat.

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