Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
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09 Oct 2017
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 09 Oct 2017

Balanced source terms for wave generation within the Hasselmann equation

Vladimir Zakharov, Donald Resio, and Andrei Pushkarev

Abstract. The new Zakharov–Resio–Pushkarev (ZRP) wind input source term Zakharov et al.(2012) is examined for its theoretical consistency via numerical simulation of the Hasselmann equation. The results are compared to field experimental data, collected at different sites around the world, and theoretical predictions based on self-similarity analysis. Consistent results are obtained for both limited fetch and duration limited statements.

Short summary
The Hasselmann equation (HE) is the basis of modern surface ocean wave prediction models. Currently, they operate in the black box with the tuning knobs modes, since there is no consensus on universal wind input and wave-breaking dissipation source terms, and require re-tuning for different boundary and external conditions. We offer a physically justified framework able to reproduce theoretical properties of the HE and experimental field data without re-tuning of the model.