Waves and Structures
This study estimates the ocean wave power in Florida. We find that power ranging from 2.073 to 6.939 kW/m are available annually. Wave power is estimated using a spectral wave power equation, which requires sparsely available spectral wave density data. Wave power is more commonly estimated using a standard wave equation, which simplifies the required parameters to wave heights and wave periods. Here, we use both equations to assess the impact of this simplification. We find that the estimated wave power values calculated using the two equations differ; simplified equation underestimates available wave power by an average of 17%.