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Ocean Atmosphere 19:03 Deep water waves  are defined as waves traveling in water depths greater than ½  the wavelength Intermediate waves  are defined as waves traveling in water depths less than ½  the wavelength but greater than 1/20 th  the wavelength Shallow water waves  are defined as waves traveling in depths less than 1/20 th  the  wavelength In shallow waters, wave speed for nearly all wavelengths is governed solely by  water depth. In deeper waters, wave speeds generally increase with increasing  wavelength Wave speed is directly affected by the period Wave Energy The energy of a wave is confined to the region of its wave orbitals. For a  deep-water wave, that depth is ½ the wavelength The energy in a wave is a combination of potential energy (as water particles  are displace from their neutral buoyancy depth) and kinetic energy (as water  particles move in wave orbitals) Energy increases as the square of wave height, or, a doubling of wave size  produces a wave with four times the energy Wave interference : At any given moment, the sea surface represents the combination of a near-
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2011 for the course ITALIAN 1 taught by Professor Maria during the Spring '10 term at UCSB.

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