3.2. Floating Breakwaters and Wave Energy Converters
The aim of this section is to examine the use of FBs and F-WECs to reduce the inshore wave height for coastal protection purposes.
The search for innovative approaches aiming at flood risk mitigation in coastal areas, and particularly deltas and estuaries of large rivers, has drawn attention to the potentialities of floating structures. Floating structure performance is almost independent of relatively small variation of the water level such as those induced by tide, surge, or sea-level rise, and therefore these structures may be particularly well suited in view of the expected climate change.
FBs and F-WECs are analyzed together because these structures approximately have the ...