Some Extreme Waves Getting Bigger - Wave Junkies Happy

Saturday, 20 December 2008
Kayak Surfing - Photo Credit: Chuck Rogers

According to Wired Magazine, the largest waves in the Pacific Northwest are getting higher by seven centimetres a year but scientists don't have a clue why. Some researchers feel that this increase in wave height could end up doing more damage to properties then the impacts of rising sea levels causes by global warming.

"I don't think we do know exactly why wave heights are rising," Peter Ruggiero said. "Some people have linked it to global warming and changes in the storm tracks. Others have linked it to dust from China. I don't have a great answer."

The interesting thing about the increase in wave height is that it isn't happening in all parts of the world. Researchers said it is hard to get really accurate long term data since many regions haven't had monitoring buoys until recently.

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Photo Credit: Chuck Rogers/Flickr

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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