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Scott Wall
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  • Making Waves (2015) [Updated 8 years ago]

    The consensus of oceanographers is that ocean waves are predominately caused by wind and supplemented by a few other sources. The following are said to be the causative forces behind ocean waves:

    • wind
    • gravitational pull of the sun and moon
    • wave shoaling (by entering shallower waters)
    • wave refractions (from bathymetry and currents)
    • variations in wind and atmospheric pressure (seiches)
    • displacement waves (from boat wakes, landslides, etc.)
    • interactions with sea ice and icebergs (dampening effect)
    • gravity (dampening effect)
    • viscosity (dampening effect)

    This paper intends to examine the efficacy of these forces in generating the gamut of ocean waves.