A new method for calculating return periods of various level values from nonstationary time series data is presented. The key-idea of the method is a new definition of the return period, based on the Mean Number of Upcrossings of the level x* (MENU method). The whole procedure is numerically implemented and applied to long-term measured time series of significant wave height. The method is compared with other more classical approaches that take into acount the time dependance for time series of significant wave height. Estimates of the extremal index are given and for each method bootstrap confidence intervals are computed. The predictions obtained by means of MENU method are lower than the traditional predictions. This is in accordance with the results of other methods that take also into account the dependence structure of the examined time series.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.