A PARAMETRIC HURRICANE WAVE PREDICTION MODEL

Ian R. Young

Abstract


A spectral wave model based on a numerical solution of the Radiative Transfer Equation is used to create a synthetic data base on wave conditions within hurricanes. The results indicate that both the velocity of forward movement and maximum wind velocity within the storm play an important role in determining both the magnitude of the waves generated and also the spatial distribution of these waves. An equivalent fetch for hurricane wave generation which is a function of these two parameters is proposed. This concept, together with the standard JONSWAP fetch limited growth relationships, provide a simple means for estimating wave conditions within hurricanes.

Keywords


hurricane; hurricane prediction; prediction model; hurricane wave; parametric prediction model

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