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Waves getting larger

January 17 2009 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

SAN FRANCISCO — The largest waves in the Pacific Northwest are getting higher by seven centimeters a year, posing an increasing threat to property close to the shore. The strange part is: Scientists aren't sure why.

Oregon State researchers found that the danger to property from these large waves will outweigh the impacts of rising sea levels caused by global warming over the next several decades.

"Over a decadal scale, the increases in wave height have significant impacts on both erosion hazards and coastal flooding hazards and those currently exceed the influences of sea level rise," said Peter Ruggiero. "And they probably will over the next decade or two unless something drastic happens." more

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