A comparison of various numerical wave prediction techniques.

D. T. Resio, C. L. Vincent

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This paper examines the question of whether there are differences among wave prediction models such that even if the wind field were specified perfectly, there would remain significant deviations among predicted waves. Wave generation under uniform wind fields is compared by use of nondimensional parameters, and the models are compared again under conditions of time-varying, space-varying wind fields and with irregular fetch boundaries. It is concluded that, in the open ocean with a long-duration, slowly varying weather system, most models produce similar results; however, near a coast or in regions with rapidly varying weather systems, marked differences can be expected from the use of different models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-774
Number of pages11
JournalSociety of Petroleum Engineers of AIME Journal
Issue number5 , Oct. 1982
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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