Nonstationary analysis of the directional properties of propagating waves

M. A. Donelan, William M Drennan, A. K. Magnusson

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Abstract

It is proposed that the sea surface be studied in a way that takes into account the observed groupiness of wind-generated waves. A new method of analysis to study the directional properties of the surface is developed. It is demonstrated that this method, based on wavelet transforms, allows the instantaneous wave propagation directions at various frequencies to be estimated. Furthermore, the approach is shown to yield wavenumber spectra directly - a result of particular importance to such pursuits as remote sensing, gas transfer, and air-sea coupling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1901-1914
Number of pages14
JournalJ. PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
Volume26
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Nonstationary analysis of the directional properties of propagating waves. / Donelan, M. A.; Drennan, William M; Magnusson, A. K.

In: J. PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY, Vol. 26, No. 9, 09.1996, p. 1901-1914.

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Donelan, M. A. ; Drennan, William M ; Magnusson, A. K. / Nonstationary analysis of the directional properties of propagating waves. In: J. PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY. 1996 ; Vol. 26, No. 9. pp. 1901-1914.
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