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Further Investigations: Wave Energy and Wave Changes with Depth

  1. Ask experienced surfers and boaters how they use their knowledge about shallow-water wave movements to detect shallow or underwater rocks.
     
  2. Interview a naval architect, an engineer from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, a harbor pilot, or a harbor official.
    1. Learn how knowledge about waves is used in designing ships, harbors, and waterfront properties.
    2. Find out what kinds of abilities, interests, and educational training are needed to work in these career fields.
       
  3. Investigate how wave energy is transformed into electricity.
     
  4. Investigate technological innovations in the field of wave power generators. What are some of the difficulties in applying wave power in real-world practice?

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.