Mathematics, Department of
Date of this Version
1979 American Meteorological Society
The refraction of small shallow water waves by an idealized island is studied in this paper. The island's shoal is modeled by a quartic polynomial in the radial variable. This particular model allows the explicit construction of the rays (wave orthogonals) and the determination of several important features of the wave motion. The various shortcomings of the particular profile are discussed.
Journal of Physical Oceanography Volume 9