Accession Number : ADA112521

Title :   A Method for Estimating Depth-Limited Wave Energy.

Descriptive Note : Coastal engineering technical aid rept.,

Corporate Author : COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Vincent,C Linwood

PDF Url : ADA112521

Report Date : Nov 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : A method for estimating an upper limit of wind wave energy in shallow water is presented. The method requires knowledge of the depth, the peak frequency of the sea, and the windspeed in order to predict a depth-controlled wave height, H, defined as 4(sq root of E), with E the energy of the wind sea. In the shallow limit, H is shown to be approximately proportional to the square root of depth. The method is recommended for predictions in storm seas and not for swell (i.e., nearly monochromatic waves). (Author)

Descriptors :   *Ocean waves, *Energy, Shallow water, Mathematical prediction, Depth, Frequency, Peak values, Wind velocity, Spectral energy distribution

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE