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Wave Types and Characteristics
This module is an introduction to waves and their associated characteristics. Several types of waves are presented, from the common wind wave to the rare tsunami wave. The basic physical, mathematical, and statistical traits of waves are discussed, along with how they change once waves become swell. This material serves as a building block to subsequent modules on wave generation, propagation, and dissipation.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
  • Audio:
    • Lecture
    • Radio broadcast
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
Technical requirements:
Flash player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003 Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET). Permission to use figures, tables, and brief excerpts from this work in scientific and educational works is hereby granted provided that the source is acknowledged.
DLESE Catalog ID: COMET-42
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motion and forces
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
        • Motions and forces
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET)
http://www.comet.ucar.edu/

Principal Investigator: Dr Tim Spangler
Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)