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Sergei Annenkov
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Victor Shrira

Abstract

This is a first study of short-lived transient sea states, arising from fast variations of wind fields. This study considers the response of a wind-wave field to a sharp increase of wind over a short time interval (a squall). Conventional wind-wave models based on the Hasselmann equation assume quasi stationarity of a random wave field and are a priori inapplicable for such transient states. To describe fast spectral changes, the authors use the generalized kinetic equation (GKE) derived without the quasi-stationarity assumption. A novel efficient highly parallelized algorithm for the numerical simulation of the GKE is presented. Simulations with the GKE and the Hasselmann equation are examined and compared. While under steady wind, the spectral evolution in both cases is shown to be practically identical, but after the squall the qualitative difference emerges: the GKE predicts formation of a transient sea state with a considerably narrower peak.

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