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Science and Culture: Dissecting the Great Wave

Publication Date: 23 September, 2014

 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

September 16, 2014

vol. 111 no. 37

Stephen Ornes (science writer) discusses The Great Wave off Kanagawa and rouge waves in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. He highlights the research of John Dudley and Frederic Dias in a paper published April 2013 (On Hokusai’s Great wave off Kanagawa: Localization, linearity and a rogue wave in sub-Antarctic waters. Notes Rec R Soc Lond 67(2):159–164), that shows that a linear process called directional focusing could have spurred the Great Wave. Under this model, turbulent conditions focus the energy of a system of water waves like a lens focuses light.

Read the full article here.