From Boussinesq systems to KP-type equations

This short note is to demonstrate that the famous Kadomtsev-Petviashvilli II-type equation for water waves which are weakly three-dimensional and propagating predominantly in one-direction can be derived formally from the three-dimensional Boussinesq system (see Bona, Chen and Saut (2002)). The relationship between the dispersion relations of Euler equations, Boussinesq systems and KP equations are also analyzed.

Min Chen (chen@math.purdue.edu)