IUTAM Symposium Wind Waves, 4-8 September 2017


Wind-driven water waves play an essential role, both on the large scale ocean dynamics, with implications for weather and climate, and on the local scale where they affect transfer processes across the ocean-atmosphere interface, including extreme forces on marine structures, ships and submersibles. After 150 years of research, the dynamics of ideal linear and nonlinear waves, including their interaction and their evolution are broadly understood, although only recently have extremely large waves been identified through observations and in laboratory experiments. However, there are still conflicting theories about how wind generates waves, and there are only tentative theories about how wind forces affect the dynamics of extreme waves and wave groups. Current research on wind-wave dynamics by the proposers, and by other groups, is focussing on what is still a major question for water waves, namely, how in the presence of wind, do they form into characteristic groups (with or without "white caps") and what are their essential properties, depending on the local atmospheric and oceanic conditions. The prediction of extreme events, such as rogue waves in the open ocean, or in shallow water, and waves driven by tropical cyclones, is becoming of increasing concern due to effects induced by climate change. Further, wind-driven waves, especially through their effect on small-scale motions and turbulence near the surface,  need to be better understood in order to improve predictions of heat and mass transfer at the atmosphere-ocean interface, essential for the development of climate models. Improved satellite observations and laboratory experiments are now becoming available to guide theoretical and modelling progress. Also, the general theme of transfer processes across a gas-liquid interface is relevant for flows in large pipes.

This issue forms the main basis for this forthcoming IUTAM symposium at UCL which will bring together theoreticians, numerical modelers, experimentalists and end-users in a forum where the latest research developments can be presented, providing an environment with constructive interchanges, and with the outcome that clear directions are established for future research, and to the implementation of research advances into operational use. The symposium will feature a keynote lecture dedicated to Sir James Lighthill, a major figure in the study of waves in fluids, and provost of UCL 1979-1989.


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Scientific committee

Chair: Julian Hunt

Institution: University College London

City: London Country: UK

Email: julian.hunt AT ucl.ac.uk

Tiziana Rossetto

Institution: University College London

City: London Country: UK

Email: t.rossetto AT ucl.ac.uk

Shahrdad Sajjadi

Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical


City: Daytona Beach Country: US

Email: sajja8b5 AT erau.edu

Ken Melville

Institution: Scripps Institution of


City: La Jolla Country: US

Email: kmelville AT ucsd.edu

Efim Pelinovsky

Institution: Institute of Applied Physics

City: Nizhny Novgorod Country: Russia

Email: pelinovsky AT gmail.com

Christian Kharif

Institution: IRPHE, University of Marseille

City: Marseille Country: France

Email: kharif AT irphe.univ-mrs.fr

Satoru Komori

Institution: Kyoto University

City: Kyoto Country: Japan

Email: komori AT mech.kyoto-u.ac.jp


Frederic Dias

IUTAM Representative

Email: frederic.dias AT ucd.ie


For any queries please contact the local organisers:
Roger Grimshaw and Ted Johnson, University College London,
r.grimshaw@ucl.ac.uk, e.johnson@ucl.ac.uk


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so participants will need to source their own. We offer a list of local hotels.


Registration costs £200 and is open now.


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