Rogue waves in the basin of intermediate depth and the possibility of their formation due to the modulational instability
Properties of rogue waves in the basin of intermediate depth are discussed in comparison with known properties of rogue waves in deep waters. Based on observations of rogue waves in the ocean of intermediate depth we demonstrate that the modulational instability can still play a significant role in their formation for basins of 20m and larger depth. For basins of smaller depth, the influence of modulational instability is less probable. By using the rational solutions of the nonlinear Schrodinger equation (breathers), it is shown that the rogue wave packet becomes wider and contains more individual waves in intermediate rather than in deep waters, which is also confirmed by observations.