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The Interaction of Ocean Waves and Wind

By: Peter AE Janssen(Author)

320 pages, 73 illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 2009 | #182650 | ISBN-13: 9780521121040
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Hardback | Nov 2004 | #147463 | ISBN: 0521465400
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About this book

This is the first book to describe in detail the two-way interaction between wind and ocean waves and shows how ocean waves affect weather forecasting on timescales of 5 to 90 days. Winds generate ocean waves, but at the same time airflow is modified due to the loss of energy and momentum to the waves; thus, momentum loss from the atmosphere to the ocean depends on the state of the waves.

The Interaction of Ocean Waves and Wind discusses ocean wave evolution according to the energy balance equation. An extensive overview of nonlinear transfer is given, and as a by-product the role of four-wave interactions in the generation of extreme events, such as freak waves, is discussed. Effects on ocean circulation are described. Coupled ocean-wave, atmosphere modelling gives improved weather and wave forecasts. The Interaction of Ocean Waves and Wind will interest ocean wave modellers, physicists and applied mathematicians, and engineers interested in shipping and coastal protection.

"[...] the book succeeds in providing simple descriptions of not-so-simple processes, and practical applications that will be useful to wave modellers, meteorologists and oceanographers who work with air-sea interactions."



1. Introduction
2. The energy balance of deep-water oceans
3. On the generation of ocean waves by wind
4. Non-linear wave-wave interactions and wave-dissipation
5. Wave forecasting and wind-wave interaction


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Peter Janssen is Head of Ocean Waves Section at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Reading, UK.

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