Little is known about the climate of the waves in the Pacific because little data is available. Using numerical models and limited data we can define the present day wave climate with reasonable accuracy.
Large wave events have caused significant inundation and erosion on the coasts of many Pacific island countries and territories. To better understand how these waves cause inundation we have collected precious oceanographic data in Fiji and Tuvalu.
The wave climate in the Pacific is affected by large scale atmospheric oscillation such as El Nino. Climate change is also having an effect on the waves in the Pacific.