Workshop on Rogue Waves

12-15 December 2005, Edinburgh

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Organised by

Roger Grimshaw (University of Loughborough)
Jean-Claude Saut (Université de Paris-Sud 11)

Workshop Summary
The Workshop starts with Registration (between 09.00 and 09.45) on Monday 12 December and finishes in the afternoon of Thursday 15 December.  It will be held at ICMS Headquarters at 14 India Street.

The occurrence of rogue, or freak, waves in the ocean is a topic currently receiving much interest. At the same time, it is a topic of substance in nonlinear wave theory.  Briefly, a rogue wave can be conceived as the rare transient occurrence of a wave whose amplitude is significantly larger than the background sea-state. Such waves have been observed in the ocean, are of major concern for shipping and off-shore engineering, as well as being a phenomenon of fundamental scientific interest.  Based on various numerical and analytical models, several dynamical mechanisms have been proposed for their occurrence; these include Fourier superposition of many small waves with suitable phase relations, nonlinear focussing of wave energy, and wave refraction by currents and/or topography. However, a detailed and definitive understanding of rogue waves, and related phenomena, is not presently available. 

This general aim of this workshop is to bring together mathematicians interested in rogue waves, or more generally, transient large-amplitude waves, together with more theoretically-minded physicists and engineers,  and scientists with observational, experimental  and prediction concerns.

The Workshop is open only to invited participants and numbers are limited.  Anyone interested in taking part should contact Professor Roger Grimshaw (R.H.J.Grimshaw@lboro.ac.uk ) or Professor Jean-Claude Saut (jean-claude.saut@math.u-psud.fr).

Administrative contacts
ICMS, 14 India St, Edinburgh EH3 6EZ
tel 0131 220 1777; Fax 0131 220 1053

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This workshop is made possible by grants awarded to ICMS from EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Programme, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and the London Mathematical Society.

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