A method for estimating depth-limited wave energy.

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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(E)1/2, 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

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalU.S. Army Coastal Engineering Research Center, Coastal Engineering Technical Aid
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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