Prediction of wave parameters is of great importance in the design of marine structures. In this paper, two shortcomings with the adaptive network-based fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) model for prediction of wave parameters are remedied by employing a genetic algorithm (GA). The first shortcoming in the ANFIS model goes back to its problem for automatic extraction of fuzzy IF-THEN rules and the second one is related to its gradient-based nature for tuning the antecedent and consequent parameters of fuzzy IF-THEN rules. To deal with these shortcomings, in this study a combined FIS and GA model is developed in which the capability of the GA as an evolutionary algorithm is used for simultaneous optimization of the subtractive clustering parameters and the antecedent and consequent parameters of fuzzy IF-THEN rules. Following the development of the combined model, this model is used to predict wave parameters, i.e., significant wave height and peak spectral period at Lake Michigan. The obtained results show that the developed model outperforms the ANFIS model and the Coastal Engineering Manual (CEM) method to estimate the function representing the generation process of the wind-driven waves.

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