Laboratory of Wave Engineering
The laboratory was formed on 01.01.2009 to promote and provide a structure for research in water waves and coastal engineering within the Department of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, Institute of Cybernetics. The laboratory currently comprises one leading scientist, three senior scientists (incl. one Mobilitas top researcher grant holder), one Mobilitas post-doc grant holder, three scientists with PhD, eight PhD students, assisted by one technician.
The team focuses on complex and nonlinear phenomena in wave dynamics and coastal engineering, and the applications of mathematical methods in wave studies. The scope of research involves, but is not limited to, long wave theory and applications (with emphasize on fast-ferry waves, shallow-water solitons, runup phenomena, tsunami research, and generic aspects of coastal hazards), surface wave modelling, wave climate studies, and wave-driven phenomena in coastal engineering, with application to integrated coastal zone management. Rapidly emerging new foci are the use of Langrangian transport of different substances in marine environment for marine and maritime spatial planning and preventive methods for mitigation of marine-induced hazards.
Recent key events
BONUS+ BalticWay project (2009-2011)
Tarmo Soomere was awarded a 2013 National Science Award in engineering sciences for his work "Quantification and mitigation of marine coastal hazards in the Baltic Sea basin".
Medal of the Baltic Academies of Sciences was awarded to Tarmo Soomere for outstanding results in research cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in marine sciences (29 January 2013, the medal).
Master thesis of Rain Männikus "Improving breakwater configuration in Noblessner Port against wind waves and vessel wakes" won II prize at the state competition of students' research work (2012).
Tarmo Soomere has been elected the Scientist of the Year (2011) of the Tallinn University of Technology (January 2012).
Tarmo Soomere received the title of the best scientist, journalist or teacher that communicates science and technology in Estonia (2011).
Master thesis of Olga Tribštok "Comparison of wave regimes along Estonian and Lithuanian coasts" won prize at Estonian Academy's of Sciences student research award competition (2011).
Ira Didenkulova has been elected the Best Young Researcher of the Year (2010) of the Tallinn University of Technology.
Specific scientific interests
- Complex and nonlinear phenomena in wave dynamics and coastal engineering
- Applications of mathematical methods in wave studies
- Long wave theory and applications (with emphasize on fast-ferry waves, shallow-water solitons, runup phenomena, tsunami research, and generic aspects of coastal hazards)
- Surface wave modelling
- Wave climate studies
- Wave-driven phenomena in coastal engineering, with applications to integrated coastal zone management.
- Langrangian transport in marine environment
- Preventive methods for mitigation of marine-induced hazards
- University of Bergen, Norway, (hydrodynamic modelling)
- University of Waikato, New Zealand, (coastal zone management)
- James Cook University, Australia, (coastal processes and engineering)
- Institute for Coastal Research, HZG Geesthacht (wave modelling, wave climatology)
- Prof. Kevin Ellis Parnell (James Cook University)
- Dr. Tony Dolphin (University of Norwich)
- Dr. Tomas Torsvik (University of Bergen)
- Ms. Bryna Kathryn Flaim (University of Waikato)
The laboratory forms a part of the Department of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics at Institute of Cybernetics
The research in laboratory is also financed by
- Estonian Ministry of Education of Science: target financing "Wave dynamics for coastal engineering" (2011-2016)
- Estonian Science Foundation
- Grants 7413 (2008-2011), 8870 (2011-2014), 9125 (2012-2015)
- EEA grant EMP41 (2008-2010)
- BONUS EEIG (BalticWay, 2009-2011)
- Estonian Centre of Excellence CENS (2011-2015)
Head: prof. Tarmo Soomere
Laboratory of Wave Engineering
Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology
Fax: +372 620 4151
Phone: +372 620 4176