Wind energy input to the surface waves

Publication Type Journal Article
Year 2004
Journal Journal of Physical Oceanography
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Primary Author Wang, Wei
Author Huang, Rui X.
Volume 34
Issue 5
Pages 1276–1280
URL http://ams.allenpress.com/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1175%2F1520-0485%282004%29034%3C1276%3AWEITTS%3E2.0.CO%3B2
DOI 10.1175/1520-0485(2004)034<1276:WEITTS>2.0.CO;2
Abstract Wind energy input into the ocean is primarily produced through surface waves. The total rate of this energy source, integrated over the World Ocean, is estimated at 60 TW, based on empirical formulas and results from a numerical model of surface waves. Thus, surface wave energy input is about 50 times the energy input to the surface geostrophic current and 20 times the total tidal dissipation rate. Most of the energy input is concentrated within the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
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