Wind and Waves
Ocean surface waves are an important phenomenon in many aspects of oceanography, while also crossing many disciplines, from meteorology to sediment transport, renewable energy, coastal morphology and coastal engineering. Waves have direct impact on safe navigation and coastal erosion, while also mediating ocean-atmosphere interactions with transfers of momentum, heat, water, carbon dioxide and other quantities. While often regarded as a topic separate from oceanography, ocean waves are included in global meteorological centre forecasts, and studies of other processes may neglect them at their peril, as they are often implicitly accounted for, while their variability may not be properly understood. The study of waves takes in many widely-varied skills, from in situ observations to satellite remote sensing, from statistics of extremes to long-term climatic trends, and from modelling of ocean waves on global scales down to details of wave-current interactions or the bottom boundary layer in shallow water.
Aims of the SIG:
1) To promote research in ocean surface waves and of their interactions with oceanographic, atmospheric and climatic processes.
2) To provide a forum for cross-disciplinary exchange of information.
3) To encourage early-career researchers in this field by providing an informal platform for presentations and interactions.
How can you get involved in the SIG?
Please contact Lucy Bricheno: email@example.com to find out more about the special interest group, and join our future meetings.
You can read more about the special interest group, and sign-up to our mailing list by visiting our website here:
Next meeting: Spring 2020, UK Met Office
2018, Newcastle: (cancelled due to clash with Ocean Modelling SIG)
Wednesday, 19th October 2016 at 12pm - 1pm Thursday, 20th October, HR Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Thursday, 22nd March 2012, Foresight Centre, Liverpool
Is fieldwork a requirement for a career in marine science?
Please save the date for an introductory and perception gathering event run by a subset of the Challenger Society EDIA working group. The virtual event will focus on ‘Evaluating perceptions of job roles in marine research and raising awareness of digital twinning of the oceans to promote diversity and inclusivity in the marine sciences.’ The event will take place on the 27th of January 2022 13:30-15:30 on zoom.
The Decade Working Group (DWG): Update
In the UK marine community the United Nations Decade of Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), hereafter ‘the Decade’, is gaining growing publicity. What is less well established is how UK marine researchers can participate in the Decade and how funding for research will emerge.
New NERC Ocean Observations Consultation
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has asked the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to lead a piece of work on prioritising the sustained ocean observations that are most important to the UK and the international effort.