Water waves: computational approaches for complex problems (13w5069)


(McMaster University)

(University of Washington)

(University of Bath)

(Worcester Polytechnic Institute)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Water waves: computational approaches for complex problems" workshop from June 30th to July 5th, 2013.

The understanding of water waves is a remarkably complex, broad and vital problem affecting weather, climate and human endeavour. The understanding and accurate computation of water waves have broad human impact. Examples are the accurate interpretation of satellite remote sensing data of the wind conditions over the ocean, the understanding of conditions that generate giant or freak waves, destructive to shipping and the better prediction of tsunamis which, as we know, can cause devastation on a continental scale. Water waves and wave breaking play an important geophysical role in the physical and chemical interaction between the atmosphere and ocean, ultimately affecting the global climate. The workshop will advance the state-of-the-art of water wave computation and thus have direct benefits in these areas.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).