Wave Influence on Wind Velocity Profile

by Omar H. Shemdin, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Coastal and Oceanographic Engrg., Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 4, Pg. 795-814

Document Type: Journal Paper


An investigation of the wave influence on the air velocity profile above progressive mechanically-generated waves was made in a wind and wave facility. Both the instantaneous and mean velocity profiles were obtained. Experimental evidence is presented which suggests that the air velocity field responds to the wave motion. The experimental results are explained in light of a theoretical analysis which suggests that the measured mean velocity profile is influenced by the wave motion in a vicinity of approximately three wave amplitudes above the mean water surface.

Subject Headings: Wave velocity | Velocity profile | Motion (dynamics) | Wind speed | Progressive waves | Wind forces | Wind waves | Wave measurement

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