December 2009

11 December 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

Interview of T.Soomere by phone about co-operation of Estonian and Italian (Venice) scientists in the framework of tsunami studies and about problems connected with climate changes; broadc ast by Raadio Kuku (11.12.2009).

7-12 December 2009, WORKSHOP AND LECTURES OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I.Didenkulova and T.Soomere participated in the workshop ‘Modelling, mitigation and management of coastal disasters’ organised jointly by the Institute of Cybernetics, The Global Systems Dynamics and Policies (GSD) network and the Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR, Venice). The workshop was hosted by Dr. Luigi Cavaleri and Dr. Luciana Bertotti in ISMAR, Venice, on 7–12 December 2009.
The workshop focused on (i) formulation of new and emerging research topics in theoretical research and numerical modelling of wave-coast interactions and wave transformation in the nearshore in different scales, (ii) building a roadmap for pan-European cooperation towards management of marine-induced wave-based coastal hazards, (iii) discussing the potential of the research into ship wakes in understanding the impact of local tsunamis, (iv) optimising the setup of a long-wave model for the Adriatic Sea capable of simulating the impact of tsunamis to the Venice area.
In the framework of the workshop, three lectures were presented to the ISMAR: T. Soomere, Applications of soliton interactions in rogue wave theory and in understanding the impact of vessel wakes (09.12.2009), T.Torsvik, Modelling of waves generated by high-speed ferries (09.12.2009) and I. Didenkulova, Tsunami and phenomena similar to tsunami: global and local scales (10.12.2009).

04 December 2009, SEMINAR OF THE WAVE ENGINEERING LABORATORY

I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste presented a seminar “Methods and procedures of wind wave observations”

03 December 2009, SEMINAR OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

T.Soomere visited the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE) in the framework of the BalticWay cooperation and presented the lecture „Transport patterns in the surface layer of the Gulf of Finland”

1-2 December 2009, WORKSHOP

 N.Delpeche participated in the Finnish-Estonian-Russian Gulf of Finland trilateral meeting (Helsinki, Finnish Environmental Institute) with the oral presentation „Using a Trajectory Model to Determine areas of Reduced Risk of Pollution in the Gulf of Finland” (01.12.2009, co-authors B.Viikmäe and T.Soomere)

 

November 2009

24 November 2009, SEMINAR OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I. Didenkulova visited National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) (Bologna, Italy), where she presented a seminar “Global and local tsunamis: observations and theory”

23 November 2009, CENS SEMINAR

N.Delpeche presented a seminar “Utilization of a Trajectory Model to Determine areas of Reduced Risk of pollution in the Gulf of Finland”

23 November 2009, SEMINAR OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I. Didenkulova visited Dipartimento di Fisica, Settore Geofisica, University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy), where she presented a seminar “Analytical theory of tsunami wave runup on a beach”

20 November 2009, SEMINAR OF THE WAVE ENGINEERING LABORATORY

I. Didenkulova presented a seminar “Global and Local Tsunamis: Obeservations and Theory”

15-17 November 2009, CONFERENCE
T. Soomere, N. Delpeche and B. Viikmäe participated in the conference “Coping with Uncertainty” (Stockholm, Sweden, November 15-17 2009) with the oral presentations “Towards the use of currents for reducing anthropogenic risks for the Baltic Sea coasts” (16.11.2009), “Application of a trajectory model to select areas of high risk of pollution” (16.11.2009, co-authors R. Isotamm, B. Viikmäe and T. Soomere) and “An Empirical Method to Determine a low-risk fairway in the Gulf of Finland” (17.11.2009, co-authors R. Isotamm and N. Delpeche)

11 November 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

T.Soomere participated in the ‚live in air’ broadcast „The citizens of the Republic” by the state TV channel, dedicated to issues related to Nord Stream gas pipeline.

05 November 2009, SEMINAR OF THE WAVE ENGINEERING LABORATORY

 B. Viikmäe presented a seminar “Application of a Trajectory model to select Areas of High Risk of Pollution”

 

October 2009

31 October 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment by T. Soomere reflecting the basic message of the address given on the occasion of 90th anniversary of the Estonian Marine Academy; broadcast by the Kuku Raadio Meretund (Marine Hour)

30 October 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

Broadcast of the almost full version of the presentation of T. Soomere to the extraordinary Plenary Session of the Parliament of Estonia (27.10.2009) in the national radio channel, section “Reporteritund” (Reporter’s Hour; broadcast twice: 14:05 and 19:05).

29 October 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

Citation from the presentation of T. Soomere to the extraordinary Plenary Session of the Parliament of Estonia (27.10.2009) appeared as “the word of the day” (“Kõva sõna” of the leading daily newspaper “The Postman” (Postimees), 250(5730), 29.10.2009, p. 13.

28 October 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

Interview by phone to the central news’ broadcast “Aktuaalne Kaamera” of the national TV channel: comments of the answers of the Nord Stream research team to critics of the environment impact assessment (Aktuaalne Kaamera, 28.10.2009).

28 October 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

Full text of the presentation of T. Soomere to the extraordinary Plenary Session of the Parliament of Estonia (27.10.2009) published by the leading daily newspaper “The Postman” (Postimees), 249(5729), 28.10.2009, p. 12-13; also reflected on the cover page of this issue.

27 October 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

Massive media coverage of the presentation of T. Soomere to the extraordinary Plenary Session of the Parliament of Estonia about the Nord Stream environmental impact assessment in all national and private TV channels (TV2, TV3, Russian TV news etc.), and in radio channels on 27-28 October.

27 October 2009, SCIENCE AND POLITICS

T. Soomere presented the paper “Nord Stream in the unique and vulnerable environment of the Baltic Sea” to the extraordinary Plenary Session of the Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu) and answered questions of many Parliament members (27.10.2009;  see minutes of the session).

26 October 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH      

Madis Filippov „Finland tends to say “yes” to the Nord Stream pipeline” (Soome kaldub Nord Streami gaasitorule “jah” ütlema), reflects an interview with T. Soomere), Postimees (The Postman), 247(5727), 26.10.2009, p. 6 (in Estonian).

25 October 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer interview with T. Soomere in the framework of discussions of the environmental impact assessment of Nord Stream for the Estonian national TV (broadcast in the program for extended news and comments “Aeg luubis”, 25.10.2009).

23 October 2009, INIVITED LECTURE

T. Soomere presented the invited lecture “Marine science in Estonia and in the Baltic Sea basin yesterday, today and tomorrow” to the conferences held on the occasion of 90th anniversary of the Estonian Marine Academy (in Estonian).

21 October 2009, SEMINAR OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I. Didenkulova visited Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University (Loughborough, UK), where she presented a seminar “Analytical theory of long wave runup on a beach”http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ma/events/diary/applied_sem.html

19 October 2009, SEMINAR OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I. Didenkulova visited Department of Mathematics, University College London (London, UK), where she presented a seminar “Analytical theory of long wave runup on a beach”http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Mathematics/department/SeminarApplied.html

17 October 2009, CONFERENCE

T. Soomere participated in the regional Humboldt colloquium “Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859): Werk und Wirkung” (Helsinki, 16-17 October 2009)

15 October 2009, SCIENCE AND POLITICS

 T. Soomere presented the paper “Nord Stream: hard knots of hydrodynamics” for the joint meeting of the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) Environment Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, Economic Affairs Committee.

14 October 2009, SEMINAR OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I. Didenkulova visited School of Engineering, University of Warwick (Coventry, UK), where she presented a seminar paper “Waves induced by high speed ferries in the Baltic Sea: numerical simulation and analysis of experimental data”http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/research/fluids/seminars/

08 October 2009, PROMOTION

Dmitry Kurennoy defended his PhD thesis “Analysis of the Properties of Fast Ferry Wakes in the Context of Coastal Management” in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

5-8 October 2009, CONFERENCE

T. Soomere participated in the conference FAST 2009: 10th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation (Athens, Greece, October 5-8 2009) with the oral presentation “The implications of frequent high-speed ferry wakes, Tallinn Bay, Estonia” (08.10.2009, co-authors K.E. Parnell and I. Didenkulova).

5-7 October 2009, CONFERENCE

T. Soomere, I. Didenkulova, T. Torsvik, N. Delpeche, L. Kelpšaite, D. Kurennoy and I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste participated in the International Conference on Complexity of Nonlinear Waves (Tallinn, Estonia) with oral presentations “Applications of Soliton Interactions in Rogue Wave Theory and in Understanding the Impact of Vessel Wake” (T. Soomere, 05.10.09), “Modeling Bottom Shear Stress for Transient Wave Events” (T. Torsvik, 05.10.09), “Seasonal and Long-term Variations of Wave Conditions in Estonian Coastal Waters” (I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste, 05.10.09), “Travelling Waves in Strongly Inhomogeneous Media” (I. Didenkulova, 07.10.09) and “The Generation and Dissipation of a Solitonic Wave that Travels in the Reverse Direction to the Flow in the Saint John River Estuary, New Brunswick, Canada” (N. Delpeche, 07.10.09).

02 October 2009, PROMOTION

Loreta Kelpšaite from the Wave Engineering lab defended her PhD thesis “Changing Properties of Wind waves and Vessel Wakes on the Eastern Coast of the Baltic Sea” in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

 

September 2009

16-18 September 2009, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the invited keynote lecture “Using wave and current dynamics to find solutions to the challenges of environmental change” to the Australasian  Coasts and Ports Conference (Wellington, New Zealand, 18.09.2009) and chaired the session “Modelling coastal waters” on 16.09.2009

14-17 September 2009, CONFERENCE

L. Kelpsaite, D. Kurennoy and I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste participated in the International conference ” Lithodynamics of bottom contact zone of the oceanLithodynamics of bottom contact zone of the ocean ” (Moscow, Russia, 14 – 17 september 2009) with oral presentations: L.Kelpsaite “The relative importance of wind-waves and ship-wakes on longshore drift in Tallinn bay, the Baltic Sea” (co-autor T.Soomere, 15.09); and poster presentation D.Kurennoy “Ship wakes meashurment in Tallinn Bay” (co-autor T.Soomere), I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste “Long term variation in wave fields in the Baltic Proper”.

14 September 2009, SEMINAR

I.Didenkulova gave a presentation “Waves induced by high-speed ferries in the Baltic Sea: numerical simulation and analysis of experimental data” at the Geolab UMR 6042 CNRS – UBP, University Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

08-10 September 2009, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere, I. Didenkulova, D .Kurennoy, I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste and L. Kelpšaitė participated in the SEAMOCS Closure Meeting (Toulouse, France, September 08-10, 2009) with oral presentations “The reaction of “almost equilibrium” beaches on the North Estonian coast to wind waves and ferry wakes”, “Statistical characteristics of long waves nearshore” and “Study of freak waves in the coastal zone of the Baltic Sea”, “Ship waves” and “Long term variation in wave fields in the Baltic Proper”.

09 September 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

Juune Holvandus, Nord Stream is the challenge for society (Nord Stream on väljakutse kodanikühiskonnale): a longer interview with Tarmo Soomere. Eesti Kiri (Estonian Church, weekly newspaper of the Estonian Lutheran Church), 33(989), 09.09.2009, 4-5.

29 August – 15 September 2009, LONG-TERM VISIT

I.Didenkulova visited the Geolab UMR 6042 CNRS – UBP, University Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France) in the framework of collaboration with Dr.Raphael Paris, where she worked on the problem of tsunami, induced by volcanic eruptions.

 

August 2009

24-28 August 2009, CONFERENCE

I. Didenkulova participated in the 19e Congres Francais de Mecanique (Marseille, France, August 24-28, 2009) with oral presentations “Wave turbulence in shallow water” (25 August 2009) and “Strong amplification of water waves at “non-reflecting” beaches” ” (26 August 2009). 

22 August 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment by T.Soomere about the outcome of the 7th Baltic Sea Science Congress held in Tallinn on 17-21 August; broadcast by the Kuku Raadio Meretund (Marine Hour).

21 August 2009, PROMOTION

Andres Kask from the Wave Engineering lab defended his Phd thesis “Lithohydrodynamic Processes in the Tallinn Bay Area” in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

19 August 2009, WORKSHOP

People from the Wave Engineering lab participated in the “Global System Dynamics and Policies” workshop panel discussion for young scientists held in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

18 August 2009, WORKSHOP

Wave Engineering lab participated in the “Global System Dynamics and Policies” workshop held in the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

17-21 August 2009, CONFERENCE

T. Soomere, E. Quak, I. Didenkulova, T. Torsvik, N. Delpeche, L. Kelpsaite, D. Kurennoy, I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste and A. Räämet participated in the 7th Baltic Sea Science Congress 2009 (Tallinn, Estonia, 17- 21 August 2009) with oral presentations “Analytical Theory of Nonlinear Long Wave Runup on a Coast” (20 Aug, I. Didenkulova), “Implications of fast ferry wakes for semi-sheltered beaches” (20 Aug, T. Soomere, K. E. Parnell, I. Didenkulova), “O/em nbsp;PROMOTIONp/pn the dynamics of almost equilibrium beaches on the North Estonian coast” (20 Aug, T. Soomere), “The BalticWay Project: The Use of Currents for Environmental Management of the Baltic Sea coasts” (19 Aug, E. Quak, T. Soomere), “Internal waves and Interfacial Mixing in Stratified environments” (20 Aug, N. Delpeche, T. Soomere), “Submarine terraces of the Eastern Gulf of Finland: results of survey and reconstruction of evolution in Holocene” (20 Aug, D. Ryabchuk, I. Leontyev, V. Zhamoida, M. Spiridonov, E. Nesterova, D. Kurennoy), “Modelling of ship waves with application to conditions in Tallinn Bay” (20 Aug, T. Torsvik), “Seasonal and long-term variations of wave conditions in Estonian coastal waters” (21 Aug, I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste), “Simulating long-term changes of wave conditions in the northern Baltic Sea” (21 Aug, A. Räämet) and poster presentations “The comparison of wind-waves and ship-wakes on the coastal zone in Tallinn Bay, the Baltic Sea” (21 Aug, L. Kelpsaite), “Weakly Reflecting Waves in Narrow Bays” (21 Aug, I. Didenkulova, E. Pelinovsky), “Interaction of plankton with wave fields in the sea” (21 Aug, I. Didenkulov, I. Didenkulova, S. Muyakeshin, D. Selivanovsky), “Variability in the properties of long waves generated by high-speed ferries in Tallinn Bay” (21 Aug, D. Kurennoy, K. E. Parnell). Tarmo Soomere and Ira Didenkulova were conveners and chairs of the thematic session “Interplay of wave dynamics, marine ecosystem and coastal processes” (20-21.08)

11-15 August 2009, CONFERENCE

I. Didenkulova participated in the VI Annual Meeting of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (SUNTEC, Singapore, August 11-15, 2009) with oral presentations “Runup of random waves on a plane beach” (14.08.2009) and “Long-Wave Runup on Beaches of Complex Geometry” (14.08.2009). She was also CONVENER of the session “OS09 – Nonlinear Dynamics of the Coastal Zone”

14 August 2009, SEMINAR

Wave Engineering Lab seminar 1 was held in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

2-7 August 2009, CONFERENCE

I. Didenkulova participated in the V International Workshop “Solitons, collapses and turbulence: achievements, developments and perspectives” (Chernogolovka, Russia, August 2-7, 2009) with an oral presentation “Non-dispersive traveling waves in strong nbsp;ly inhomogeneous water channels” (6 August 2009)

 

July 2009

20-25 July 2009, CONFERENCE

L. Kelpsaite and D. Kurennoy participated in the International conference “Construction of artificial islands in the coastal and offshore areas” (Novosibirsk, Russia, 20-25 July 2009) with oral presentations: L.Kelpsaite “The relative importance of wind-waves and ship-wakes on longshore drift in Tallinn bay, the Baltic Sea” (co-autor T.Soomere, 21.07); D.Kurennoy “Variability in wake properties generated by high-speed ferries” (co-autor T.Soomere, 21.07).

14-24 July 2009, COURSE

“TRACMASS – A Lagrangian Trajectory code” course was held by Anders Anbo in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology. The members of the IoC BalticWay team Nicole Delpeche, Raul Isotamm and Bert Viikmäe participated in the entire course while IoC PhD students Inga Zaitseva-Pärnaste and Loreta Kelpšaite took part in the basic training.

14-17 July 2009, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova participated in the 24th International Tsunami Symposium (Novosibirsk, Russia, 14 – 17 July 2009) with oral presentations “Is it possible to model tsunami waves with waves induced by high-speed ferries?” and “Abnormal amplification of long waves in the coastal zone” (16.07).

2-3 July 2009, MEETING

T. Soomere participated in the scientific conference (London, House of Lords, 2 July) and annual meeting (3 July, University College London) of the FP7 Future and Emerging Technologies network GSD (London, United Kingdom).

 

June 2009

25 June 2009, SCIENCE AND POLITICS

T. Soomere participated in the official meeting of Estonian experts and official representatives with Finnish representatives and Nord Stream experts, organised by the Finnish Ministry of Environment (Helsinki, Finland).

17 June 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

Madis Filippov, „Nord Stream environmental reports are extremely superficial” (Nord Streami aruanne hiilgab pealiskaudsusega), reflects an interview with T. Soomerega), Postimees (The Postman), 17.06.2009, p. 6 (in Estonian).

15-16 June 2009, MEETING

T. Soomere participated in the BONUS annual meeting and Project Coordinator’s Forum as the coordinator of the BalticWay project (Helsinki, Finland).

 

May 2009

 

27 May 2009, SCIENCE AND POLITICS

T.Soomere presented the paper “Nord Stream: challenges for the Baltic Sea marine sciences” for the meeting of the Estonian govermental maritime commission.

16-23 May 2009, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova participated in Nonlinear evolution equations and dynamical systems (NEEDS 2009) in Sardinia, Italy (May 16-23, 2009) with an oral presentation “Non-dispersive traveling waves in strongly inhomogeneous water channels” (19.05). (co-autor Pelinovsky E.)

6 May 2009, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the meeting of the Environmental Steering Panel of the European Academies Scientific Advisory Council (EASAC) (London, Royal Society).

4-8 May 2009, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere participated in the 41st International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics “Science-based management of the coastal waters” (4-8 May 2009) with the oral presentation “The implications of frequent high-speed ferry wakes, Tallinn Bay, Estonia” (in cooperation with Kevin Parnell and Ira Didenkulova, 08.05.2009)

 

April 2009

 

19-24 April 2009, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova participated in EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria with an oral presentation “Long Surface Wave Dynamics along a Convex Bottom” (co-authors Pelinovsky E., Soomere T.) and poster presentations “Nonlinear Long-Wave Deformation and Runup in a Basin of Varying Depth” , “The 1956 Greek tsunami recorded at Yafo (Israel) and its numerical modeling” (co-autors Pelinovsky E., Sladkevich M.,  Chubarov L., Kit E., Shokin Yu., Beisel S., and Levin A.), “Freak waves in Tallinn Bay, the Baltic sea” (co-autors Kurennoy D., Soomere T.) and “Modeling of tsunami waves using waves induced by high-speed ferries in Tallinn bay, Baltic Sea” (co-autors Soomere T., Pelinovsky E.).

13–18 April 2009, 10TH INTERNATIONAL COASTAL SYMPOSIUM, LISBON

I. Didenkulova, N. Delpeche, T. Dolphin, L. Kelpšaite, D. Kurennoy, K. E. Parnell, A. Räämet, T. Soomere, T. Torsvik and I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste participated with eight oral presentations:
D. Kurennoy, K. E. Parnell, T. Soomere, “Variability of properties of wakes from high-speed ferries” (14.04)
T. Torsvik, T. Soomere, “Modeling of long waves from high speed ferries in coastal waters” (14.04)
L. Kelpšaite, K. E. Parnell, T. Soomere, “Energy pollution: the relative influence of wind-wave and vessel-wake energy: Tallinn Bay, the Baltic Sea” (14.04)
T. Soomere, I. Didenkulova, K. E. Parnell, “Implications of fast ferry wakes for semi-sheltered beaches, Aegna Island, Baltic Sea” (16.04)
I. Didenkulova, K. E. Parnell, T. Soomere, E. Pelinovsky, D. Kurennoy, “Shoaling and runup of long waves induced by high-speed ferries in Tallinn Bay” (16.04).
A. Räämet, Ü. Suursaar, T. Kullas, T. Soomere, “Reconsidering uncertainties of wave conditions in the coastal areas of the northern Baltic Sea” (17.04).
I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste, Ü. Suursaar, T. Kullas, T. Soomere, “Seasonal and long-term variations of wave conditions in the northern Baltic Sea” (17.04)
T. J. Dolphin, M. O. Green, “Patterns of wave-onbsp;r nbsp;bital speed and skin friction under estuarine (fetch-limited) waves” (17.04)
and one poster presentation:
A. Kask, T. Soomere, T. Healy, N. Delpeche, “Sediment transport patterns and rapid estimates of net loss of sediments for “almost equilibrium” beaches”
T. Soomere was the Chair of the session „GIS and Remote Sensing” (16.04)
The full size research papers based on the listed talks have been published in the special issue No 56 of the leading coastal science journal “Journal of Coastal Research”

13 April 2009, ABOUT US

Kristjan Kaljund, Tarmo Soomere ja tema lainetav must kast (Tarmo Soomere and his black box of waves), the popular science journal Tarkade Klubi, 4(28), aprill 2009, 44-47 (in Estonian)

12 April 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment by T. Soomere about potential environmental risks to Estonia connected with planned NordStream, the radio channel Kuku Raadio, within a series of popular science broadcasts “Kukkuv Õun” 12.04.2009.

8-10 April 2009, CONFERENCE

L.Kelpšaitė participated in conference “Sea and coastal research 2009”, Nida Lithuania, with oral presentation “Estimation of wave induced sediment transport at Aega Island, Tallinn Bay” (co-author T.Soomere, 10.04.2009).

6-9 April 2009, CONFERENCE

D.Kurennoy participated in conference of Control Processes and Stability 09, St. Petersburg Russia, with oral presentation “Properties of wakes generated by high-speed ferries in Tallinn Bay” (co-author T.Soomere, 6.04.2009).

6 April 2009, SCIENCE AND POLITICS

T.Soomere, presentation “Nord Stream: challenges for the Baltic Sea marine sciences” for the joint meeting of the Parliament Commission on foreign affairs and Commission on environmen.

3 April 2009, SEMINAR OUTSIDE THE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I.Didenkulova presented the seminar paper “Runup of long ship waves on a beach”  in Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Oceanology department, Saint Petersburg.

 

March 2009

23–26 March 2009, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere participated in the sixth IMACS international conference “Nonlinear evolution equations and wave phenomena: computation and theory” (The University of Georgia, Center for continuing education, Athens, Georgia, USA) with the oral presentation “Shallow-water soliton interactions as a potential source of freak waves and agents of danger from fast ferri/p/strongppnbsp;es” 24.03.2009.

18-20 March 2009, CONFERENCE

T. Soomere, I.Didenkulova, T.Dolphin, T.Torsvik, L.Kelpšaite, N.Delpeche, I.Zaitseva-Pärnaste and K.Kartau participated in the interdisciplinary workshop “Effects of climate change: coastal systems, policy implications, and the role of statistics” (Malta, Preluna Hotel and Spa). Anna Terentjeva and Katja Beloussova greatly contributed to the organization of both the events.

T.Torsvik presented the lecture “Ship wakes in Tallinn Bay: experimental and numerical study” 17.03.2009.

The Estonian team presented five poster presentations:

N. Delpeche, T. Soomere, J.H. Clarke, S. Haigh “Internal waves and interfacial mixing in the Saint John River Estuary, New Brunswick, Canada”

I. Didenkulova “Nonlinear long-wave deformation and runup in a basin of varying depth”

I. Didenkulova, T. Soomere, E. Pelinovsky “Modeling of tsunami waves using waves induced by high-speed ferries in Tallin Bay, Baltic Sea”

L. Kelpšaite, T. Soomere “Energy pollution: The relative influence of wind-waves and vessel-wake energy in Tallinn Bay, Baltic Sea”

D. Kurennoy, T. Soomere “Variability in wakes properties generated by high-speed ferries in Tallinn Bay, Baltic Sea”

I. Zaitseva-Pärnaste, U. Suursaar, T. Kullas, T. Soomere ” Seasonal and long-term variations of wave conditions in the North Baltic Sea”

16-17 March 2009,TRAINING

T. Soomere, I.Didenkulova, T.Torsvik, L.Kelpšaite, N.Delpeche, I.Zaitseva-Pärnaste and K.Kartau participated in the intense course for young researchers on „Statistical software for climate research” (Malta, Preluna Hotel and Spa).

12 March 2009, SEMINAR OF THE WAVE ENGINEERING

D.Kurennoy presented the seminar paper “Asymmetry of waves generated by high-speed ferries”

12 March 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment by T. Soomere about potential risks to Estonia connected with the construction and operation of the planned NordStream pipeline and about possibilities of their mitigation, the state radio channel Vikerraadio, Huvitaja (a series of popular science broadcasts).

11 March 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

M.Filippov, „The environmental impact assessment of the Nord Stream pipeline ignores specific features of the Baltic Sea”, based the interview with T.Soomere about the potential threats of the planned Nord Stream pipeline, Postimees, 57 (5537), 11.03.2009, p. 4.
Anonymous, „The gas pipeline may be fatal for the sea, scientists say”, an editorial comment based the interview with T.Soomere about the potential threats of the planned Nord Stream pipeline; on the cover page of this issue of the leading daily newspaper Postimees.

 

February 2009

28 February 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

A comment about topics discussed on the extended meeting of the Commission of Marine Sciences of the Estonian Academy of Sciences broadcast by the Kuku Raadio Meretund.

25 February 2009, LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the lecture „Marine hazards for Estonian large cities” for the seminar organised by the Lions Club in the premises of the Estonian Academy of Sciences

21 February 2009, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment by T. Soomere about breaking developments in the process of the Environmental Impact Assessement of the planned NordStream pipeline in the Baltic Sea, broadcast by one of the leading radio channels in Estonia, Kuku Raadio, Meretund (Marine Hour).

26 January – 04 February, WEEK OF OPEN DOORS

The formal launch of the Wave Engineering Laboratory

 

January 2009

27 January 2009, SEMINAR OF THE WAVE ENGINEERING

I.Didenkulova presented the seminar paper “Is it possible to model tsunami waves by waves induced by high-speed ferries?”

21-22 January 2009, CONFERENCE

T. Soomere participated in the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Alumni Network Conference “Vertrauen verbindet” – “Bonds_of_Trust _2009.de – Germany Alumni in Tomorrow’s World” (Berlin, 21–22 January 2009), with walk-in oral presentation “Possibilities of strengthening cooperation between German and foreign scientists: experience from Estonia” (22.01.2009).

20 January 2009, SEMINAR OF THE WAVE ENGINEERING

T.Torsvik presented the seminar paper  “Basic concepts of ship wake properties”

13-15 January 2009, CONFERENCE

E. Quak and T. Soomere participated in the kick-off meeting and conference of the Joint Baltic Sea Research Programme BONUS (13–15 January 2009, Dipoli Conference Centre, Espoo, Finland) with oral presentation “Baltic Way: Towards using the potential of currents for the benefit of society” (13.01.2009).

12 January 2009, MEETING

T. Soomere participated in the kick-off meeting of the BONUS BalticWay project (Helsinki, 12.01.2009) with oral presentation “Baltic Way: Towards using the potential of currents for the benefit of society

6-9 January 2009, CONFERENCE

T. Soomere, I. Didenkulova and I.Zaitseva-Pärnaste participated in „Solitons in their roaring forties” (CPNLW09, Coherence and Persistence in Nonlinear Waves”, Nice University, 6–9 January 2009) with oral presentations „Interactions of shallow water solitons and their applications” and “Nonlinear aspects of tsunami waves” (authors E. Pelinovsky, N. Zahibo, 06.01.2009)