Anomalous Dispersion in Numerical Models of Wave Spectra

  • William Carlisle Thacker


When numerical models are used to compute wave spectra at relatively large distances from a storm, the results may be characterized by a patchy distribution of wave energy. This patchiness is a direct consequence of the discrete nature of the wave spectrum in numerical models. To avoid this problem by increasing resolution is computationally expensive, so it is useful to seek a numerical scheme which might minimize this effect. A finite-element analysis suggests that such a scheme might involve advection terms which are averaged over adjacent spectral contributions.


Group Velocity Wave Spectrum Anomalous Dispersion Spectral Average Spatial Smoothing 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Carlisle Thacker
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  1. 1.Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological LaboratoriesNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationMiamiUSA

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