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Leonel Romero and W. Kendall Melville

-rate source term in modeling the fetch-limited evolution of wind waves. J. Phys. Oceanogr. , 33 , 1274 – 1298 . Alves , J. H. G. M. , D. Greenslade , and M. L. Banner , 2002 : Impact of a saturation-dependent dissipation source function on operational hindcasts of wind waves in the Australian region. Global Atmos. Ocean Syst. , 8 , 239 – 267 . Alves , J. H. G. M. , M. L. Banner , and I. R. Young , 2003 : Revisiting the Pierson–Moskowitz asymptotic limits for fully developed wind

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Peter A. E. M. Janssen and Miguel Onorato

1. Introduction Since the beginning of the 1990s, there has been a rapid increase in the understanding of the generation of extreme waves in the open ocean. Different mechanisms have been found to be relevant for the formation of such events [see Kharif and Pelinovsky (2003) for a review]. A number of experimental and theoretical works ( Janssen 2003 ; Onorato et al. 2001 , 2004 , 2005 ) have shown that, provided that the spectra are narrow banded and waves are steep, deep-water third

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M. W. Roth, M. G. Briscoe, and C. H. McComas III

1234 JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY VOLUME 11Internal Waves in the Upper Ocean M. W. ROTH$ohn Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laborotory, Laurel, MD 20810 M. G. BRtSCOE AND C. H. MCCOMAS lipWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02545(Manuscript received I July 1980, in final form 22 May 1981)ABSTRACT Previous work has shown that the deep-ocean internal-wave field has little

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Ian R. Young, Emmanuel Fontaine, Qingxiang Liu, and Alexander V. Babanin

1. Introduction The Southern Ocean is often defined as the region south of 60°S. However, from the point of view of wave climate, this is not a useful definition. Rather, it is more useful to define the Southern Ocean as the region south of the main landmasses of Africa, Australia, and South America and north of the Antarctic ice edge. That is, the region between latitudes of approximately 40° and 60°S. This is an area of ocean of approximately 50 × 10 6 km 2 . As seen in Fig. 11 , the extent

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Michael L. Banner, Johannes R. Gemmrich, and David M. Farmer

) , Melville (1996) , and Duncan (2001) provide comprehensive overviews of the importance and scientific status of the major aspects of wave breaking and its importance for upper ocean dynamics and offshore engineering. Recent efforts to provide a more complete understanding of breaking onset have been guided by numerical model studies of nonlinear wave groups (e.g., Dold and Peregrine 1986 ; Tulin and Li 1992 ; Banner and Tian 1998 ; Song and Banner 2002 ; Banner and Song 2002 ; among others

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P. B. Smit and T. T. Janssen

1. Introduction As ocean waves propagate from deep water, onto the continental shelves, and toward coastal areas, their propagation is affected increasingly by interaction with bathymetry and currents, the transition from dominant resonant four-wave interactions to near-resonant three-wave (or triad) interactions and the transformation of organized wave motion into turbulence, heat, and sound in the breaking process close to shore. The ability to model these processes and their effects on wave

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Luc Lenain and W. Kendall Melville

1. Introduction Over the last several decades, there has been growing recognition from both oceanographic and atmospheric sciences communities that surface waves play a crucial role in the processes by which the ocean and atmosphere interact. Until recently, most of the observational literature on surface waves was driven by studies based on time series of wave measurements at a point (or at a relatively slowly moving mooring) combined with directional information from the dynamics of the

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Sean Haney, Baylor Fox-Kemper, Keith Julien, and Adrean Webb

instability leads to a forward energy cascade. These submesoscale flows are typically restricted to the mixed layer of the ocean because strong forcing from wind and strain by mesoscale features creates fast flows over short length scales [where Ro ~ O (1)]. Convection and wind also make the near-surface stratification very weak (Ri ≲ 1). Since submesoscale flows occur at the upper boundary layer, they coexist with wind and wave forcing. Despite having a partially geostrophically balanced state, these

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P. B. Smit, T. T. Janssen, and T. H. C. Herbers

-coordinate theory would perform well or better than empirical profiles specifically derived for that purpose. However, the s -coordinate theory presented here is a consistent second-order approximation, and for that reason should be preferred over more empirical methods to estimate the near-surface wave kinematics to that order of approximation. Mean velocities and mass flux Although the material transport due to the presence of ocean waves (or Stokes drift) is still not a fully resolved topic (e

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Peter Sutherland and W. Kendall Melville

1. Introduction When wind flows over the open sea, it creates surface waves. Energy, momentum, and mass flux between the atmosphere and ocean are all modulated by this wave field ( Melville 1996 ). Although some of the energy and momentum flux input by the wind propagates away as swell, the majority is injected into the water column locally. This results in a turbulent marine boundary layer near the ocean surface, where energy is dissipated by turbulence. This work uses a combination of

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