Preface

There is a vast literature devoted to the study of water waves ranging from

coastal engineering preoccupations to a very theoretical mathematical analysis of

the equations. Since all the scientific communities involved have their own approach

and terminology, it is sometimes quite a challenge to check that they actually speak

about the same things. The rationale of this book is to propose a simple and robust

framework allowing one to address some important issues raised by the water waves

equations. Of course, such a global approach is sometimes not compatible with

sharpness; it has been a deliberate choice to sacrifice the latter when a choice was

necessary (on minimal regularity assumptions, for instance). Hopefully, experts on

the well-posedness of the water waves equations or on the mathematical properties

of some asymptotic system, or on any other aspect, may, however, discover here

other related subjects of interest and some open problems.

Since this book is addressed to various audiences, there has been an effort to

make each chapter as thematically focused as possible. For instance, physical as-

pects are not often present in the chapters devoted to the well-posedness of the

equations, and, vice versa, the chapter devoted to the derivation of the asymp-

totic models is rather oriented by physical considerations and requires only basic

mathematical tools. More precisely,

- Chapter 1 is a general and basic introduction. It also includes a review of

various approaches developed in recent years for the mathematical anal-

ysis of the water waves equations. Some extensions raising several new

problems are also presented (such as moving bottoms and rough topog-

raphy), and the physical assumptions made to derive the water waves

equations are discussed.

- Chapters 2, 3, and 4 are devoted to the well-posedness of the water waves

equations. They are addressed to mathematicians looking for a basic intro-

duction to the Cauchy problem for water waves, as well as to researchers

more familiar with these equations but not necessarily with their behavior

in shallow water. Some aspects of the proof (e.g., the study of the Laplace

equation, properties of the Dirichlet-Neumann operator) can also be of

interest by themselves and we therefore gave sharper results than those

actually needed to prove the well-posedness of the water waves equations.

- In Chapter 5, we derive many shallow water asymptotic models used in

coastal oceanography. This chapter is addressed to oceanographers and

people working on such models and those who want to know precisely what

their range of validity is. This chapter uses only basic mathematical tools

and should be readable independently of Chapters 2, 3, and 4. Note that

the derivation of various models presented here (the so-called models with

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