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A preliminary investigation of momentum flux in ocean waves


A pilot investigation was made of the downward flux of downwind momentum through the upper layers of the water, by measuring the covariance between the horizontal and vertical water velocity components. Power spectrum analysis showed the effect to be due largely to the surface waves present.

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Shonting, D.H. A preliminary investigation of momentum flux in ocean waves. PAGEOPH 57, 149–152 (1964).

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  • Spectrum Analysis
  • Covariance
  • Power Spectrum
  • Surface Wave
  • Velocity Component