Freely Decaying Weak Turbulence for Sea Surface Gravity Waves

M. Onorato, A. R. Osborne, M. Serio, D. Resio, A. Pushkarev, V. E. Zakharov, C. Brandini

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We study the long-time evolution of deep-water ocean surface waves in order to better understand the behavior of the nonlinear interaction processes that need to be accurately predicted in numerical models of wind-generated ocean surface waves. Of particular interest are those nonlinear interactions which are predicted by weak turbulence theory to result in a wave energy spectrum of the form of [Formula presented]. We numerically implement the primitive Euler equations for surface waves and demonstrate agreement between weak turbulence theory and the numerical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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    Onorato, M., Osborne, A. R., Serio, M., Resio, D., Pushkarev, A., Zakharov, V. E., & Brandini, C. (2002). Freely Decaying Weak Turbulence for Sea Surface Gravity Waves. Physical review letters, 89(14).