Theoretical interpretation of fetch limited wind-drivensea observations
- 1Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
- 2Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of Russian Academyof Sciences, Moscow, Russia
- 3Waves and Solitons LLC, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Abstract. We show that the results of major fetch limited field studies of wind-generated surface gravity waves on deep water can be explained in the framework of simple analytical model. The spectra measured in these experiments are described by self-similar solutions of ``conservative" Hasselmann equation that includes only advective and nonlinear interaction terms. Interaction with the wind and dissipation due to the wave breaking indirectly defines parameters of the self-similar solutions.