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Review of wave intensity over 60 years shows strong links to multi-decadal cycles

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A study co-authored by scientists from University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center provides a new perspective on how the intensity of waves across the north Pacific Ocean has varied over the last half-century. Research on the historical context of wave power is key to anticipating coastal impacts that will be exacerbated by rising sea levels.  

The project was funded by Climate Observation Division with support from the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA). The study also received support from  the California Energy Commission and the California Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways

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