Glossary of Terms
The offshore belt in which a coastal state has exclusive jurisdiction. The territorial sea may not extend more than 12 nautical miles from the coastline.
Concrete armor unit with four stubby legs, used on breakwaters and seawalls to dissipate wave energy.
A geographically defined area that is designed and managed to achieve specified environmental objectives.
Lowest part of sea and portside breakwater slope, generally forming the transition to the seabed.
A tropical cyclone with maximum winds less than 34 m/sec (75 mile per hour). Compare with hurricane or typhoon (winds greater than 34m/sec).
A long-period water wave caused by an underwater disturbance such as a volcanic eruption or earthquake. Commonly miscalled 'tidal wave.'
A condition of a liquid due to fine visible material in suspension, which may not be of sufficient size to be seen as individual particles by the naked eye but which prevents the passage of light through the liquid.