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Draupner wave

On the crest of a freak wave Oxford Science Blog

article of Draupner wave

Close-up of the event, taken from Paul Taylors paper.

The Draupner wave or New Years wave was the rst

rogue wave to be detected by a measuring instrument,
occurring at the Draupner platform in the North Sea o
the coast of Norway on 1 January 1995. In an area with
signicant wave height of approximately 12 metres (39
ft), a freak wave with a maximum wave height of 25.6
metres (84 ft) occurred (peak elevation above still water
level[1] was 18.5 metres (61 ft)). Prior to that measure-
ment, no instrument-recorded evidence for rogue waves
existed--just anecdotal evidence provided by those who
had encountered them at sea, although ships such as the
British Ocean Weather Reporter had recorded very large
waves that did not dier quite enough from their neigh-
bors to be considered rogue.[2]
Minor damage was inicted on the platform during this
event, conrming the validity of the reading made by a
downwards-pointing laser sensor.

1 References
[1] Taylor, P. The Shape of the Draupner Wave of 1st Jan-
uary, Department of Engineering Science, University of

[2] Draper, L. Oceanus (X:4), July 1964 - " Freak Ocean


Sverre Haver (5 August 2003). Freak wave event at

Draupner jacket 1 January 1995. (PDF) retrieved
20 May 2016

Paul H. Taylor. The shape of the Draupner Wave of

1 January 1995 (PDF) retrieved 20 January 2007.

YouTube. Video reconstruction of rogue waves,

from BBC documentary.


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