Evidence of energy and momentum flux from swell to wind

Kimmo K. Kahma, Mark A. Donelan, William M. Drennan, Eugene A. Terray

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Measurements of pressure near the surface in conditions of wind sea and swell are reported. Swell, or waves that overrun the wind, produces an upward flux of energy and momentum from waves to the wind and corresponding attenuation of the swell waves. The estimates of growth of wind sea are consistent with existing parameterizations. The attenuation of swell in the field is considerably smaller than existing measurements in the laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2143-2156
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Physical Oceanography
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Air-sea interaction
  • Circulation/Dynamics
  • Physical Meteorology and Climatology
  • Pressure
  • Wind stress
  • Wind waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography


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