Journal of Fluid Mechanics

A derivation of equations for wave propagation in water of variable depth

A. E.  Green a1 and P. M.  Naghdi a2
a1 Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
a2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

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Within the scope of the three-dimensional theory of homogeneous incompressible inviscid fluids, this paper contains a derivation of a system of equations for propagation of waves in water of variable depth. The derivation is effected by means of the incompressibility condition, the energy equation, the invariance requirements under superposed rigid-body motions, together with a single approximation for the (three-dimensional) velocity field.

(Published Online April 11 2006)
(Received January 27 1976)