Vicki Barker wins the SET Maritime Technology Award for her 4th Year Project
Vicki received her award for her 4th year undergraduate project studying extreme waves off the coast of Norway. Her project was concerned with the sort of waves which might occur once in 100 or once in 1000 years. She found a strong link between the Norwegian wave climate and the long-term variation in the average pressure difference in the north Atlantic between Iceland and the Azores each winter. Using barometric data which had been recorded continuously since the early 19th century, Vicki was able to infer the long-term variations in the wave climate off Norway over the last 200 years and to show that her predictions are consistent with the actual wave data taken over the last 40 years. Such results are important in assessing the possible implications of climate change for design against extreme waves in off-shore and coastal engineering.
The project was run in co-operation with BP and was supervised by Professor Paul Taylor whose research interest include ocean waves and wave-structure interaction in off-shore and coastal engineering.