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World: Highest Significant Wave Height as measured by Ship Observation

Record Value 29.05 m (95.03 ft)
Date of Record 2214 UTC 8/2/2000
Length of Record
Instrumentation Shipborne Wave Recorder MkIV (SBWR)
Geospatial Location British oceanographic research vessel RRS Discovery[57°30'N, 12°42'W, elevation: 0 m)]

References

Holliday, N.P., Yelland, M.J., Pascal, R., Swail, V.R., Taylor, P.K., Griffiths, C.R. and Kent, E. (2006) Were extreme waves in the Rockall trough the largest ever recorded? Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L05613

Discussion

Instrumentation: Shipborne Wave Recorder MkIV (SBWR), Instrument calibrated in September 200 and found to be accurate with ±1%. Record was evaluated by the committee of T. Peterson, P. Bessemoulin, A. Hines, V. Swail, J-M. Lefevre and R. Cerveny.

Satellite Image of Region of Buoy