On the relation between the growth rate of water waves and wind speed

  • Hisashi Mitsuyasu
  • Tadao Kusaba


Various wind velocitiesu*,Uλ/2,Uλ andU10 are correlated to the measured growth rate of water waves β, whereu* is the friction velocity of the wind, andUλ/2,Uλ andU10 are the wind speeds respectively at the heights λ/2, λ and 10m above sea surface (λ: wave length). It is shown that within a range of the dimensionless wind speed, 0.1<u* /C<0.6, there are no appreciable differences in the correlations, whereC is the phase velocity of water waves. The present relation between β andUλ shows qualitatively similar properties as the one obtained by Al'Zanaidi and Hui (1984); the growth rate for waves with rough surface is larger than that with smooth surface. However, our present relations give, for the both waves with different surface roughness, larger values by factors 1.7∼1.8 than those given by Al'Zanaidi and Hui's relation.


Growth Rate Rough Surface Wind Speed Smooth Surface Phase Velocity 
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© the Oceanographical Society of Japan 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hisashi Mitsuyasu
    • 1
  • Tadao Kusaba
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Institute for Applied MechanicsKyushu UniversityKasugaJapan

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