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Volume 13, issue 3 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 625-648, 2013
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Research article 11 Mar 2013

Research article | 11 Mar 2013

Extreme wave events in Ireland: 14 680 BP–2012

L. O'Brien1, J. M. Dudley2, and F. Dias1,3 L. O'Brien et al.
  • 1School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR 6174 CNRS-Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
  • 3Centre de Mathématiques et de Leurs Applications (CMLA), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Cachan, France

Abstract. The island of Ireland is battered by waves from all sides, most ferociously on the west coast as the first port of call for waves travelling across the Atlantic Ocean. However, when discussing ocean events relevant to the nation of Ireland, one must actually consider its significantly larger designated continental shelf, which is one of the largest seabed territories in Europe. With this expanded definition, it is not surprising that Ireland has been subject to many oceanic events which could be designated as "extreme"; in this paper we present what we believe to be the first catalogue of such events, dating as far back as the turn of the last ice age.

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