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Global Wave Heatmap

One of the main [criteria in our location study](https://docs.google.com/a/seasteading.org/Doc?docid=0AbdZHRxBZkLXZGQ4Z3ZoY3BfMTQ3Z2NnbnB2ZDQ&hl=en&authkey=COad8qkK) is the worst-case wave height. Oceanography student Martin emailed us the [KNMI Wave Atlas](http://www.knmi.nl/waveatlas), which is a global heatmap of wave & wind data, trends, and variability, based on data from 1957 – 2006, at 1.5×1.5 degree resolution.

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Fun with Google Earth

Download:

* [KMZ file of Seamounts](http://seamounts.sdsc.edu/static/SeamountsOnline.kmz)
* [KMZ file of EEZs](http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=download&Number=391310&filename=693959-Maritime_boundaries_v3.kmz)

And have fun looking at all the seamounts in international waters. Unfortunately, many of them do not have depth available – we will have to intersect with other bathymetric databases. But some do, like Josephine Seamount, just outside Spain’s EEZ, which has a depth of 150-170m.

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