Caribbean Disaster Mitigation Project
Implemented by the Organization of American States
Unit of Sustainable Development and Environment
for the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the Caribbean Regional Program

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Wave Hazard Assessment for Selected Sites
On the West Coast of Dominica, West Indies

Ross Wagenseil and Charles C. Watson Jr. (Watson Technical Consulting, Inc.)

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), under an agreement with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is executing a five-year Caribbean Disaster Mitigation Project (CDMP). One component of this project is the assessment of potential hazards generated by tropical cyclones in terms of wave attack, storm surge, coastal flooding, and extreme wind.

This document describes a preliminary study of the wave climate at the shoreline for three reaches of the western coast of Dominica, W.I. These results are a portion of the larger storm hazard assessment being conducted for Dominica by the Caribbean Disaster Mitigation Project.

The report makes extensive use of graphics, which might be unreasonably slow for some readers to download. Therefore we present it in sections: 

False-colour satellite image of Dominica (324 kb)

Warning, Large File

  Method 13 kb
History 18 kb
Selected Storms Offshore 3 kb
Waves at the Shoreline 52 kb
Bathymetry 4 kb
Example Sites 105 kb
Summary Statistics 65 kb
Conclusions 4 kb
References 2 kb

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