Rogue waves are, without the shadow of a doubt, a sailor’s nightmare. From the early history of sailing, we discover frightening about ships being capsizes in a matter of moments by an enormous wave which can out of thin air. But the scientists at MIT figured out a way to keep both ship and sailor safe from rogue waves. MIT think-thanks created a rogue wave prediction algorithm.
As we learn from the accounts of sailors, rogue waves are the real monsters of the sea. These large walls of water can strike anywhere and anytime. Basically, even though the waters seem calm, a rogue wave can form any minute.
Based on the accounts, the scientists have discovered that these waves are 8 times bigger than the normal water level and that they could do tremendous damage to ships in its proximity.
This is the reason why a division at MIT started to snoop around the physics behind these mysterious rogue waves. The team of scientists working on the project started from the assumption that rogue waves, like any other hydrological even, don’t appear out of thin air and that there are signs out there which could tell us if such an event can occur.
Based on this simple premise the team of scientists from MIT led by Themis Sapsis, from the American Bureau of Shipping Career Development, managed to piece together a computer algorithm which can predict with uncanny accuracy when a rogue wave shall form.
The highly sophisticated computer algorithm gathers weather and hydrological data from the immediate area and searches for the signs attributed to rogue waves. If the algorithm detects any sudden shift in water levels of underwater currents, it will immediately issue a general alert to ships.
As Sapsis explains, once the alarm is triggers, the captain and the crew have only but a few moments to cut power to critical systems and to take shelter. What’s even more amazing is the fact that the computer algorithm can actually alert 2 or 3 minutes before the rogue wave has a chance to amass power.
MIT think-tanks created a rogue wave prediction algorithm that can detect any activity attributed to rogue wave with a 90 percent accuracy. The only downside to this project is that the algorithm is currently quite sloppy and it needs a very powerful computer system in order to handle all the parameters.
But, the team from MIT is still working on a way to increase both the response time and the accuracy of the software. Still, even if the team is successful in refining the software, we can be sure that such an algorithm cannot be run on a laptop.