Structure of Frequency Domain Models for Random Wave Breaking Conference Paper uri icon


  • We consider the form of a breaking wave dissipation term for use in spectral or stochastic wave evolution models. A time-domain Boussinesq model is tested for accuracy in modelling evolution of second and third moment statistics in shoaling and breaking waves. The structure of the dissipation term in the time domain is then used to infer the corresponding structure of the term in the frequency domain. In general, we find that the dissipation coefficient is distributed like 1/Sη(f), where Sη(f) is the spectral density of the surface displacement η. This implies an f2 dependence for the coefficient in the inner surfzone, as opposed to a constant distribution over frequency as suggested by Eldeberky and Battjes (1996).

author list (cited authors)

  • Kirby, J. T., & Kaihatu, J. M.

citation count

  • 21

publication date

  • August 1997