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A Model for the Response of Wave Directions to Changing Wind Directions for Random Breaking Waves

  • Luping Li
  • Bin Gong
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


On the basis of the wave energy balance equation, a model for the response for random breaking waves is derived. The results show that, the dissipations of white-capping tend to increase rather than to slow down the turning rate induced by the wind generation. For fully developed wind waves, the dissipation due to white-capping forces the mean wave directions to turn to the wind directions. This model can be used in the case of random nonbreaking waves, and the models for slowly turning wind directions and in inhomogeneous situations are derived with the same methods.


Wind Direction Source Function Wave Direction Wind Generation Directional Distribution 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Luping Li
    • 1
  • Bin Gong
    • 1
  1. 1.First Institute of OceanographyState Oceanic AdministrationQingdaoP.R. China

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