WHAT IS THE SLOPE OF EQUILIBRIUM RANGE IN THE FREQUENCY SPECTRUM OF WIND WAVES?

Paul C. Liu

Abstract


An effort to empirically assess the slope of the equilibrium range in a wind-wave frequency spectrum with a large number of data recorded in the Great Lakes did not serve to clarify the uncertainty between a -4 or a -5 frequency exponent representation. The uncertainty is further compounded by indications that the slope is not necessarily unique, it tends to vary with wave momentum. For sufficiently well-developed wind waves the exponent appears to cluster between -3 and -4. For practical applications the f"* equilibrium range is perhaps an effective approximation. What the correct slope is for the equilibrium range, or even whether or not a unique slope exists, remains elusive and has yet to be satisfactorily substantiated.

Keywords


equilibrium frequency; frequency spectrum; wind waves

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