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Lower Chesapeake Bay wave climatology

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Soil and Water conservation, has identified as one of its major goals the systematic study of hydrodynamic processes that affect recreational, shoreline and benthic resources in the coastal zone of the Commonwealth. As one component of the Virginia Coastal Information Program, a wave climatology project was initiated in 1988 with support from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency's Coastal Zone Management Program administered by the Virginia Council on the Environment. Directional wave observations were begun on a seasonal schedule (fall, winter, spring) at a single station location near the Thimble Shoal Light in lower Chesapeake Bay. In 1993, a one-year cooperative agreement between the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia permitted a second wave station to be operated at the entrance to the Thimble Shoal Channel, a major navigational route in the lower bay (Figure 1). Simultaneous wave observations obtained at these two stations, Thimble Shoal Light (TSL) and Thimble Shoal Entrance (TSE), were presented in an earlier report (Boon and Hepworth, 1993). The present report contains a description of the observations and analyses performed at the TSL wave station, the sole station in operation during the 1993-1994 season.



Water waves -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)

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