Breaking Waves

IUTAM Symposium Sydney, Australia 1991

  • Michael L. Banner
  • Roger H. J. Grimshaw
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Keynote Lectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. L. Banner, M. A. Donelan
      Pages 3-20
    3. Michael S. Longuet-Higgins
      Pages 21-37
    4. D. H. Peregrine
      Pages 39-53
    5. Ib A. Svendsen
      Pages 55-68
  3. Experiments and Observations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. W. M. Drennan, K. K. Kahma, E. A. Terray, M. A. Donelan, S. A. Kitaigorodskii
      Pages 95-101
    3. David M Farmer, Li Ding
      Pages 109-118
    4. Kristina B. Katsaros, Serhad S. Ataktürk
      Pages 119-132
    5. Ming-Yang Su, John Cartmill
      Pages 161-164
    6. Y. Toba, H. Kawamura, N. Ebuchi
      Pages 165-171
  4. Theoretical and Numerical Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. L. Cavaleri, P. Lionello
      Pages 175-179
    3. W. M. Drennan, W. H. Hui, G. Tenti
      Pages 187-192
    4. Sergei A. Kitaigorodskii
      Pages 199-206
    5. Ib A. Svendsen, A. K. Otta, Stephan T. Grilli
      Pages 229-236
    6. Karsten Trulsen, Kristian B. Dysthe
      Pages 243-249
    7. Harry H. Yeh
      Pages 257-265
    8. I. R. Young, M. L. Banner
      Pages 267-275
  5. Shoaling and Impacting on Structures

  6. Wave-Breaking in other Contexts

About these proceedings


Wave breaking is a commonly occurring phenomena associated with wave motion in fluids, often inducing significant effects which are of fundamental and technological importance, A familiar illustration is provided with white-capping and microbreaking of the wind-driven ocean sUrface waves, which is believed to play an important part in the transfers of momentum, mass and heat across the air-sea interface, as well as in the production of underwater ambient noise and augmented microwave backscatter. The enhanced hydrodynamic forces associated with the breaking of the more energetic ocean wave components constitute a significant challenge in ocean engineering, coastal engineering and naval architecture. Other less conspicuous but equally important manifestations are the breaking of internal waves and the fila mentation of vorticity interfaces. Despite recent theoretical and observational progress towards a more complete understanding of wave breaking, mathematical descriptions of its onset and consequences are presently lacking. The aim of this Symposium was to bring together theoretical and observational expertise, with the goal of determining the current state of knowledge of wave breaking and providing a stimulus to future research. The Symposium focused on water waves of all scales from capillary waves to ocean swell, but also considered internal waves and the filamentation of vorticity interfaces. Specific topics included were: Fundamental theoretical studies; wave instabilities; routes to breaking. Models of wave breaking. Field observations, including statistical information. Laboratory studies. Shoaling waves, breaking waves on currents, breaking induced by the motion of a ship.


Meerestechnik Oceanography Ozeanographie deformation dynamics marine technology ocean radar soliton stability turbulence

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael L. Banner
    • 1
  • Roger H. J. Grimshaw
    • 1
  1. 1.School of MathematicsUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-84849-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84847-6
  • Buy this book on publisher's site