Doppler for waves?
March 26, 2012 4:53 PM Subscribe
For all you nautical types: what kind of instruments on a large ship could detect if a rogue wave were headed your way?
posted by np312 to Technology (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For story purposes. I know nothing about ships, much less the giant freighters which might be equipped with top-of-the-line sensor equipment.
(Please note the ship in my story is not a military vessel, so it wouldn't have the kind of equipment you'd have if you were expecting to be attacked.)
But if a rogue wave appeared out of the blue, with what instruments might the captain be able to detect it coming, and how much notice could their instruments potentially give them before it hit?