On the acoustical intensity of breaking waves

Ding Li, D. Farmer


Breaking surface waves have been identified as the main source of wind-generated ambient sound in the ocean. The sound radiated from breaking waves has been used to track these waves and measure their spatial and temporal statistics. Laboratory work has further suggested that the acoustic power released by breaking waves is correlated with the energy dissipation due to breaking. The authors perform statistical analysis of the acoustic intensity of breaking waves measured in the open ocean and discuss the potential use of the result in remote measurement of wave energy dissipation


acoustic intensity; acoustic wave production; ocean waves; statistical analysis; underwater sound; wind; wind-generated ambient sound; ocean; acoustic power; breaking waves; energy dissipation

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