Prediction of ocean waves based on the single-parameter growth equation of wind waves

  • Sanshiro Kawai
  • Paimpillil S. Joseph
  • Yoshiaki Toba


A method for the prediction of ocean waves was developed on the basis of the single-parameter growth equation of wind waves, proposed byToba (1978) on the basis of similarity in growing wind waves. The applicability of the method to actual problems was tested by hindcasting the wave characteristics with the method, for two cases with differing time and space scales, one in Kii Channel Approach, Japan, and the other in the North Atlantic Ocean. The results showed that the present method can predict waves within an error of 1.3 m in wave heights, which ranged from 3 to 12 m.


Japan Atlantic Ocean Wave Height Present Method Wind Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanshiro Kawai
    • 1
  • Paimpillil S. Joseph
    • 1
  • Yoshiaki Toba
    • 1
  1. 1.Geophysical Institute, Faculty of ScienceTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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