Second Brazilian Symposium on Water Waves

Dates of conference: 13-15 March 2017
Name of conference venue: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Conference City and Country: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Main Themes

The symposium will cover the following main themes: 

  • Fluid mechanics of water waves. This theme should attract applied mathematicians, physicists and mechanical engineers working with fundamental aspects of nonlinear water waves and their kinematics.

  • Dynamics of ocean waves. This is an oceanographic theme. It includes dynamics of realistic three-dimensional (directional) wind-generated waves, and their complex behaviours such as wave breaking and other forms of dissipation, wave-current interactions, etc.

  • Air-sea interactions. These are the problems of wave generation by the wind, Wave Boundary Layer on the atmospheric side, sea drag and other features of wave influences in the lower atmosphere.

  • Wave-coupled effects in the upper ocean. This is the broad theme of wave influences below the ocean interface, such as wave-induced turbulence, radiation stresses, upper-ocean mixing, among others.

  • Waves in ocean engineering. In ocean engineering, waves produce up to 70% of loads on offshore structures and floating bodies, represent one of the main properties for design criteria. This section will also accommodate probabilistic approaches in wave research.

  • Near-shore processes. This complex theme includes wave dynamics in finite depths, sediment suspension and transport due to the waves, coastal and beach erosion, storm surges and other wave-coupled large-scale processes, ocean-engineering applications such as bottom pipelines.

  • Observations and remote sensing. Special section dedicated to laboratory experiments, in situ observations, remote sensing of ocean waves, and the data analysis methodologies. The theme also includes observations of rogue waves and extreme conditions.

  • Numerical modelling, spectral and phase-resolving. Modern wave research essentially relies on numerical modelling. The session will cover two mainstream types of modelling: direct modelling, which simulates the wave motion explicitly, and spectral models which are used for the wave forecast.

  • Wave climate. This theme is dedicated to the emerging topic of wind/wave climate, its regional, seasonal and long-term trends.