When you think of ocean
waves, most people will imagine sitting on a beach watching breakers
roll in from the horizon. However a group of scientists from the
University of Miami have been tracking waves of a different breed –
unseen colossal, skyscraper-tall underwater waves that are present
in every one of our oceans.
Scientific curiosity around how air interacts with the ocean in the event of powerful storms has inspired a number of wind-emulating facilities around the world, from a high-speed wind-wave tank at Kyoto University to the Hydrodynamics Laboratory at Imperial College London. But just as hurricane season kicks off in the US, a team at the University of Miami is looking to step things up a notch. A freshly built indoor tank designed to study category five storms is now open for business, and as the only one of its kind in the world, is hoped to offer a new understanding of these destructive superstorms.