About the book
Open seas, enclosed basins as well as coastal areas are of utmost importance for human activities. Hence, since the last world war, scientists and engineers spent much effort in gaining insight on the main (and actually quite fascinating) physical phenomenon that occurs in such a kind of water body: surface waves. Long waves, wind waves, infragravity waves, earthquake-induced tsunamis, landslide-induced impulse waves are only a few examples of the wide range of water oscillations that engineers, with the help of scientists, need to face in order to guide the sustainable use of natural resources represented by water bodies. The new sensibility to climate change and integrated management are only two examples of new challenges to be faced.
Mathematical modeling, either analytical or numerical, and experimental investigations are valuable tools that can be used to gain insight about wave generation, propagation, and interaction with the boundaries of water bodies, that are continuously and rapidly improving thanks to the technological advance.
This book is intended to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art about surface water waves, including forecasting and hindcasting of wind waves and storm surge, coastal risk analysis, and wave-structure-soil interaction.