Extreme Wave Events
Extreme wave events can cause loss of life and considerable damage to coastal infrastructure. Here, an event-based analysis approach has been used to assess the spatial footprint and temporal clustering of extreme storm-wave events around the coast of the UK. Waves that exceeded the 1 in 1-year return level were analyzed from 18 different buoy records. Six main spatial footprints were identified in terms of extreme wave events occurrence along stretches of coastline. Most events were observed between November and March, with large inter-annual differences in the number of events per season associated with the West Europe Pressure Anomaly.