Similarity of the wind wave spectrum in finite depth water 1. Spectral form.

E. Bouws, H. Gunther, W. Rosenthal, C. L. Vincent

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A self-similar spectral shape (the TMA spectrum) to describe wind waves in water of finite depth is presented. The parametric spectral form is depth dependent and an extension of the deep water JONSWAP spectrum. The behaviour of the spectrum in frequency and wave number space is discussed. About 2800 spectra selected from three data sets (TEXEL storm, MARSEN, ARSLOE) are investigated to show the general validity of the proposal self-similar spectral shape.-Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)975-986
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberC1
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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