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Wind direction and speeds have important hydrodynamic impacts in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), from wind-driven coastal erosion to saltwater intrusion into bodies of non-saline ground water. Because the IRL is isolated from oceanic wave action, the largest and most powerful waves are caused by high winds blowing for an extended duration at an IRL—oriented fetch. This study investigates the climatology of potentially high impact wind events over the lagoon.

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