Recovering the water-wave profile from pressure measurements

K. L. Oliveras, V. Vasan, B. Deconinck, D. Henderson

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A new method is proposed to recover the water-wave surface elevation from pressure data obtained at the bottom of the fluid. The new method requires the numerical solution of a nonlocal nonlinear equation relating the pressure and the surface elevation which is obtained from the Euler formulation of the water-wave problem without approximation. From this new equation, a variety of different asymptotic formulas are derived. The nonlocal equation and the asymptotic formulas are compared with both numerical data and physical experiments. The solvability properties of the nonlocal equation are rigorously analyzed using the implicit function theorem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)897-918
Number of pages22
JournalSIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Mathematics


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