Rogue waves remain a mystery and a terror to sailors and all travelers of the world's oceans. Long discredited as myths or highly exaggerated recounts by terrified mariners, rogue waves haven't been the subject of serious, in-depth research until now. Bolstered by anecdotes, historical reports, objective analysis, evocative and rare photos and paintings, Michael Olagnon's groundbreaking Rogue Waves provides clear descriptions of rigorous marine science, exploring the causes and frequency of these skyscraper-sized waves and the reasons that some become ship-sinking monsters. Rogue Waves takes the mystery out of this much-feared ocean phenomenon and provides practical advice for coping with their existence. Author and naval engineer Olagnon has studied these massive ocean features his entire career and is the founder of a highly acclaimed international conference on rogue waves.
Rogue Wave topics include:
- How are rogue waves created?
- How do they live and die?
- Are there different types?
- Do they appear from nowhere?
- Can ships and boats cope with them?
- What lessons can be learned from past encounters?
- Will meteorologists be able to provide warnings?
Authoritative but highly readable, this is a fascinating and unique study into rogue waves, offering insights for all readers and crucial advice for those who might encounter this phenomenon at sea.