SPATIAL EVOLUTION OF THE FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISSIPATION AND IMPLICATIONS ON FREQUENCY DOMAIN MODELING
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The evolution of the frequency dependence of dissipation coefficient n of shoaling and breaking waves is investigated. Prior studies have established the observation of, and physical reasoning behind, n f2, or that the dissipation should be weighted as the square of the wave frequency in the spectrum. A recent study, however, showed that this weighting evolves over the shoaling and breaking zone, with n f2 acting as an inner surf zone asymptote. Parameterization of the evolution of the weighting as a function of depth brings forward several questions, the most important being whether the sum of individual breaking events is equivalent to the total dissipation as described by lumped parameterizations. Overall generality of the parameterizations will require more data to establish. 2009 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.