Equilibrium-range constant in wind-generated wave spectra

Donald T. Resio, Charles E. Long, C. Linwood Vincent

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The equilibrium range in wind-driven wave spectra is characterized to have an f-4 form in deep water (k-5/2 shallow-water form). Absolute energy levels for six physically diverse sites are shown to be well fit by an expression involving the wind speed measured at a fraction of a wavelength above the sea surface in combination with the phase speed of the spectral peak. Observed energy levels suggest that nonlinear wave-wave interactions are capable of maintaining the observed energy-flux balance in the equilibrium range. Copyright, Published in 2004 by the American Geophysical Union.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C01018 1-14
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 15 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Air-sea interactions
  • Equilibrium range
  • Nonlinear waves
  • Ocean waves
  • Wave spectra
  • Waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Oceanography


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