Unraveling climatic wind and wave trends in the Red Sea using wave spectra partitioning

Sabique Langodan*, Luigi Cavaleri, Angela Pomaro, Jesus Portilla, Yasser Abualnaja, Ibrahim Hoteit

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The wind and wave climatology of the Red Sea is derived from a validated 30-yr high-resolution model simulation. After describing the relevant features of the basin, the main wind and wave systems are identified by using an innovative spectral partition technique to explain their genesis and characteristics. In the northern part of the sea, wind and waves of the same intensity are present throughout the year, while the central and southern zones are characterized by a marked seasonality. The partition technique allows the association of a general decrease in the energy of the different wave systems with a specific weather pattern. The most intense decrease is found in the northern storms, which are associated with meteorological pulses from the Mediterranean Sea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1881-1895
Number of pages15
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Climate change
  • Climate variability
  • Oceanic
  • Trends
  • Waves
  • Wind
  • Wind waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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