Doklady Earth Sciences

, Volume 440, Issue 2, pp 1440–1444 | Cite as

On energy balance in wind-driven seas

  • V. E. Zakharov
  • S. I. Badulin


We show that in the energy balance in the wind-driven sea the process of four-wave nonlinear interaction plays the leading role. This process surpasses competing mechanisms-input energy from wind and dissipation of energy due to white capping at least in order of magnitude. This result is supported by analytical calculations and numerical simulations.


DOKLADY Earth Science Boundary Layer Meteorol Wind Wave Wave Input Nonlinear Transfer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. E. Zakharov
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. I. Badulin
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.University of ArizonaTusconUSA
  4. 4.P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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