ELEVATION, SLOPE, AND CURVATURE SPECTRA OF A WIND ROUGHENED SEA SURFACE

The spectra are defined as a function of wave number and depend on friction velocity. There are five wave number ranges of definition called the gravity wave-gravity equilibrium range, the isotropic turbulence range, the connecting range due to Leykin and Rosenberg, the capillary range, and the viscous cutoff range. The higher wave number ranges are strongly wind speed dependent, and there is no equilibrium (or saturated) capillary range, at least for winds up to 30 m/sec. For high wave numbers, especially in the capillary range, the results are shown to be consistent with the Rayleigh-Rice backscattering theory (Bragg scattering).

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Pierson Jr, W J
    • Stacy, R A
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 128 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00054828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CR-2247
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM