Energy Spectra of the Ocean Surface: An Eigenmode Approach
PHYSICAL DYNAMICS INC BERKELEY CA
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A set of Hermitian equations is constructed using a mode description of the dynamic equations of the ocean surface. These equations are sufficiently flexible to include the coupling of the ocean surface to the wind, viscous damping and the effects of surface tension as well as the non-linear interactions between surface waves. The system of equations is exact and from them a system of approximate, first-order in time, finite differential equations is derived and solved numerically. The solutions to these coupled equations provide one with a detailed view of the growth of the non-linear surface waves and energy spectrum with time.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography