Wave height

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Definition of Wave height:
The vertical distance between the trough and the following crest [1].
This is the common definition for Wave height, other definitions can be discussed in the article


In an irregular wave field, successive incident waves have different amplitudes and phases. In deep water the wave height distribution often follows approximately a Rayleigh distribution. However, this is not the case in the surf zone where the wave height is limited by the water depth.

Related articles

Statistical description of wave parameters.


  1. CIRIA (1996). Beach management manual. CIRIA Report 153.