Individual wave height distribution

 Many shallow water wave height distributions have been derived on the basis of 1-D wave flume experiments, whereas they are often applied in 2D-field conditions. Apart from the poor performance of many of these theoretical distributions, 2D effects of wave breaking and other interactions are not accounted for, possibly causing mismatches in the field. In this research project the SWASH model is validated for 1D- and 2D-field conditions to find optimal setting to be able to use the SWASH model as a coastal engineering design tool for shallow water wave height distributions and the determination of the highest individual wave height. See Van Vledder, Rijnsdorp and Ruessink, 2013, Coastal Dynamics symposium.