Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 12, 1011–1020, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-12-1011-2005
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 12, 1011–1020, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-12-1011-2005

  14 Dec 2005

14 Dec 2005

Theoretical interpretation of fetch limited wind-drivensea observations

V. E. Zakharov1,2,3 V. E. Zakharov
  • 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.