Wind-over-Wave Couplings: Perspectives and Prospects

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One of the most familiar phenomena on the planet, water waves remain an elusive question for science. The way in which wind blows over water and causes waves is a very active area of research for applied mathematicians, as well as for oceanographers and engineers. The basic mechanisms are still a matter of controversy, although the use of modern techniques of asymptotic and non-linear analysis and large-scale computation, as well as experimental structures, are beginning to reveal the underlying mechanics. These studies are resulting in increasingly powerful methods of forecasting waves and of gauging and controlling their effects on such things as sediment, pollution, and offshore structures. This volume covers the wide range of current research on the relationship between wind and waves and includes contributions from many of the leading authorities in the field.

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Mathematicians, engineers, and natural scientists from disciplines ranging from oceanography and meteorology to architecture and astrophysics present 32 papers. They pivot on the general themes of how the turbulent wind blows over waves and leads to their growth, the non-linear dynamics of water waves, turbulence on the surface of water and waves and its effects on surface processes, and the consequences of particles being ejected from waves and other surfaces. The topics include the stimulation of non-linear surface waves by wind, longitudinal vortices in wavy boundary layers, representing structure in the atmospheric surface layer over open ocean waves in terms of phase averages, reminiscences of the early days of the spectrum of ocean waves, the surface modulation of internal waves and their properties in response to the wind field at the shelf break, the microphysics of scalar transfer at air-water interfaces, and a simplified model for spatio-temporal distributions of ocean spray droplets. No index is provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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University of Salford

Aston University

Cambridge University

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Table of Contents

The Quasi-Laminar Model for Wind-to-Wave Energy Transfer 1
On the Stimulation of Non-Linear Surface Waves by Wind 9
Turbulent Flow Over Growing Waves 19
Airflow Over Wavy Surfaces: Anomalies, A Conjecture and Some Results 31
Longitudinal Vortices in Wavy Boundary Layers 41
Homogeneous Turbulence Approaching a Wavy Surface 49
Computations of Flow over Model Hill Forms using Advanced Second-Moment Closure Turbulence Models 57
Coupling of Waves with the Atmosphere 69
Some Aspects of Wind-Wave Coupling at High Winds: an Experimental Study 81
Wind and Turbulence Profiles in the Surface Layer Over Ocean Waves 91
Structure in the Atmospheric Surface Layer over Open Ocean Waves: Representation in Terms of Phase Averages 99
Does the Wind Stress Depend on the Sea State? 107
Wind Generated Waves on Fabric Structures 119
Reminiscences of the Early Days of the Spectrum of Ocean Waves 127
Benjamin Memorial Lecture: Side-Band, Benjamin-Feir and Eckhaus Instabilities 139
Solitary Waves on Deep Water 149
Mutual Transformation of Waves in Smooth Shear Flows 169
Flow of Air Over Sharp Crested Water Waves 177
Wind-Induced Growth and Attenuation of Laboratory Waves 183
Application of System Identification Techniques in Wind Wave Modelling 195
Observational Studies of the Surface Velocity Phase Structure of Microscale Breaking Wind Waves 203
The Surface Modulation of Internal Waves and their Properties in Response to the Wind Field at the Shelf Break 211
Sea Surface Slicks - Surface Chemistry and Hydrodynamics in Radar Remote Sensing 221
Effects of Waves in both the Surface and Bottom Boundary Layers 231
Drift Current under the Action of Wind and Waves 243
Microphysics of Scalar Transfer at Air-Water Interfaces 257
Turbulence Structure and Mass Transfer at a Wind-Driven Air-Water Interface 273
An Attempt to Simulate the Effect of Wave Breaking on Momentum - and Mass-Transfer by Imposing Intermittent Near-Interface Transport Properties 287
Strong Turbulence at a Free Surface 303
Turbulence Modelling Near Interfaces: The Case for TCL Closures 313
Effect of Particle Inertia on the Diffusion of Small Particles in Turbulent Wall Boundary Layers 327
A Simplified Model for Spatio-Temporal Distributions of Ocean Spray Droplets 343
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