The Energy Balance in Short Gravity Waves

  • G. J. Komen


Earlier results on the energy balance in gravity waves (Komen, Hasselmann and Hasselmann, 1985) are discussed. It is shown that these can be used to describe the evolution of short gravity waves, provided wind speeds are low enough. For higher wind speeds equilibrium range ideas are considered.


Source Term Gravity Wave Significant Wave Height Wave Spectrum Wind Wave 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. J. Komen
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  1. 1.KNMIDe BiltThe Netherlands

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