Surface Wave Reflection by Underwater Ridges

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  • 1 Mathematics Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706
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Abstract

The reflection of water surface waves by long undersea ridges and valleys is studied on the basis of linear longwave theory and of refraction theory. If L is the wavelength and h the local water depth, then for small (L/h)dh/dx the first approximation to the reflection coefficient is established for a large class of smooth depth distributions h(x).

Abstract

The reflection of water surface waves by long undersea ridges and valleys is studied on the basis of linear longwave theory and of refraction theory. If L is the wavelength and h the local water depth, then for small (L/h)dh/dx the first approximation to the reflection coefficient is established for a large class of smooth depth distributions h(x).

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