Edge wave

Example of the surface elevation of a progressive edge wave

In fluid dynamics, an edge wave is a surface gravity wave fixed by refraction against a rigid boundary, often a shoaling beach. Progressive edge waves travel along this boundary, varying sinusoidally along it and diminishing exponentially in the offshore direction.[1]


  1. ^ Lamb, Horace (1932), Hydrodynamics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 446, ISBN 0-521-45868-4

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