Software could enable vessels to avoid 30m walls of water
Picture courtesy of New Scientist magazine
Radar experts claim to have developed a software program that can spot rogue waves before they strike a ship, according to a report in New Scientist.
Tests carried out in the North Sea and off the Spanish coast detected groups of waves between eight and 15 metres high up to 3km away, and the German and Spanish researchers think it could do even better.
Until recently, many seamen dismissed tales of 30m tall ‘rogue’ waves as pure fiction, however European Space Agency satellite pictures and oil platform measurements seem to be suggesting that, though rare, these monsters do exist.