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Atmosphere 2017, 8(10), 194;

A Review of Parametric Descriptions of Tropical Cyclone Wind-Wave Generation

Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010, Melbourne, Australia
Received: 18 August 2017 / Revised: 22 September 2017 / Accepted: 28 September 2017 / Published: 5 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tropical Cyclones and Their Impacts)
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More than three decades of observations of tropical cyclone wind and wave fields have resulted in a detailed understanding of wave-growth dynamics, although details of the physics are still lacking. These observations are presented in a consistent manner, which provides the basis to be able to characterize the full wave spectrum in a parametric form throughout tropical cyclones. The data clearly shows that an extended fetch model can be used to represent the maximum significant wave height in such storms. The shape stabilizing influence of nonlinear interactions means that the spectral shape is remarkably similar to fetch-limited cases. As such, the tropical cyclone spectrum can also be described by using well-known parametric models. A detailed process is described to parameterize the wave spectrum at any point in a tropical cyclone. View Full-Text
Keywords: tropical cyclone; hurricane; wind-waves; wave spectrum tropical cyclone; hurricane; wind-waves; wave spectrum

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