Published online by Cambridge University Press: 10 January 2009
The process which leads to the formation of three-dimensional sand waves is investigated by means of a stability analysis which considers the time development of a small-amplitude bottom perturbation of a shallow tidal sea. The weakly nonlinear interaction of a triad of resonant harmonic components of the bottom perturbation is considered. The results show that the investigated resonance mechanism can trigger the formation of a three-dimensional bottom pattern similar to that observed in the field.
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