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Distribution of ocean waves by Rayleigh

  1. Jun 13, 2015 #1
    I heard that the analysis of wave measurements close to shore verifies that as long as wave amplitudes are small with respect to mean depth a Rayleigh distribution remains satisfactory of wave heights, but how ?
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  3. Jun 15, 2015 #2


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    The Rayleigh Distribution occurs when there are many sources of waves arriving at the observer and combining. Each one must make only a small contribution to the total. The waves have arbitrary phase and amplitude, but the total "sending" power is constant.
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