December 2013

28 December 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment of T.Soomere to the Marine Hour (Kuku Raadio) about highlights in marine science and science policy in 2013 from the viewpoint of the Commission on Marine Sciences of the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

19 December 2013, INTERNATIONAL MEDIA OUTREACH

Der Spiegel (Germany) reflected the studies of I.Didenkulova and I.Nikolkina on freak waves: Axel Bojanowski, Unglück in Portugal: Wenn Monsterwellen auf Strände krachen. (SpiegelOnline, 19.12.2013, 08:52).

17 December 2013, PROMOTION

I.Didenkulova defended the thesis for Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematic degree entitled “Long wave dynamics in the coastal zone with application to marine induced hazards” in P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Moscow, Russia) [download].  

11 December 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A comment of T.Soomere on chemical weapons dumped into the Baltic Sea in the past; broadcast in the major news program Reporter of the TV channel TV2.

04 December 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

An interview by phone of I.Didenkulova about rogue waves, and where this research area is headed, by New Scientist magazine

 

November 2013

22 November 2013, SCIENCE POLICY

I.Didenkulova participated in the Validation Seminar to discuss the findings of the study: Marie Curie researchers and their long-term career development: a comparative studycommissioned by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (Covent Garden, Brussels, Belgium).

20 November 2013, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the foresight workshop of the JPI (Joint Programming Initiative) Oceans „What role for research concerning microplastics in the oceans” (JPI Oceans headquarters, Brussels, Belgium).

14 November 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment of T.Soomere about marine induced hazards in autumn stormy season was broadcast in the major news program Reporter of the TV channel TV2.

14 November 2013, SEMINAR OUTSIDE OF INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I.Didenkulova gave a seminar presentation “Extreme sea waves in the coastal zone” at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Reading (Reading, UK).

11-22 November 2013, LECTURE COURSES IN KLAIPEDA UNIVERSITY

T.Soomere presented the lecture courses Wave dynamics (32 academic hours) and Scientific writing (12 academic hours) to Klaipeda University, Lithuania.

09 November 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

Achievements of the Wave Engineering Laboratory as a cover story of the daily newspaper Õhtuleht (Evening Post): Rainer Kerge, Elu tapjalainete kõrval: rannas ei tohi kunagi merele selga pöörata (Living next to killer waves: never turn your back to the ocean), overview of achievement of the laboratory in studies of tsunamis, wakes from fast ferries and monster waves; Õhtuleht, 09.11.2013, cover + pp. 26–27.

08 November 2013, PROMOTION

Inga Zaitseva-Pärnaste defended her PhD thesis Wave climate and its decadal changes in the Baltic Sea derived from visual observations in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

08 November 2013, INTENSE DAY ON WAVES AND CLIMATE TOLERANCE

Presentations to this event organised by the Wave Engineering Laboratory were given by Prof.Dr. Leonid Lopatukhin New generation of wind wave climate handbooks (Department of Oceanology, Saint Petersburg State University and Mechanics and Optics, Saint Petersburg University of Information Technology, Russia), Dr. Leandro Farina Ocean wave modes in the South Atlantic by a short-scale simulation (Department of Mathematics, Instituto de Matemática, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil and Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, BCAM Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain) and Dr. Piia Post Temperature tolerance: Describing temporal variability of air temperature in climate time scale (Institute of Physics, University of Tartu). The participants were welcomed by Prof. A.Salupere (Director of the Institute of Cybernetics) and Prof. Dr. J.Engelbrecht (Vice President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences).

06 November 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the keynote lecture Mathematics of environmentally sustainable use of marine space to the VI research conference of the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences of the Tallinn University of Technology (Tallinn, Estonia).

03 November 2013, LECTURE OUTSIDE OF INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

T.Soomere presented the lecture The Baltic Sea coasts under anthropogenic pressure to the autumn school on physics (Voore, Estonia).

 

October 2013

29 October – 1 November 2013, CONFERENCE

I. Didenkulova participated in the conference “Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and the Theory of Extreme Events in Earth Science” at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Cambridge, UK) with the oral presentation “Extreme sea waves in the coastal zone” (29.10).

29 October 2013, SPARKLING SEMINAR ON MARINE SCIENCE, LIMNOLOGY AND COASTAL ENGINEERING

The second Sparkling Seminar on marine science, limnology and coastal engineering, organised jointly by the Wave Engineering Laboratory and the Commission on Marine Sciences of the Estonian Academy of Sciences organised and hosted by the Marine Systems Institute at Tallinn University of Technology. The keynote lecture Arctic becomes hot was given by Dr. Kalle Olli (University of Tartu, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences). [download slides] [download audio]

29 October 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A live-on-air comment of T.Soomere by phone to the state radio channel “Vikerraadio” on the occasion of the storm St. Jude / Simone within the news program Uudis+ at 12:20.

28 October 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A comment of T.Soomere on the approaching storm St. Jude / Simone was broadcast in the major news program Reporter of the TV channel TV2.

28 October 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A comment of T.Soomere on properties of the approaching storm St. Jude / Simone was broadcast in the major news program Aktuaalne Kaamera of the state TV channel. The main points were reflected in on-line news of the major daily newspaper “Postimees” 28.09.2013; 21:37 20:52 Mereteadlase kinnitusel marutuul Eestis suurt pahandust ei tee.

25 October 2013, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the autumn meeting of the European Academies Scientific Advisory Council Environment Steering Panel (Brussels, Belgium).

22-24 October 2013, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the ExCom meeting (22.10) and the autumn Plenary Meeting (23-24.10) of the European Marine Board (Lisbon, Portugal).

22 October 2013, CONFERENCE

I.Nikolkina and T.Torsvik participated in the Conference “Excellence in Research” organized by Estonian Academy of Sciences, Council of Estonian Centers of Excellence in Research and Estonian Research Council (Tallinn, Estonia).

21 October – 23 November 2013, SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

I.Didenkulova participated in the program “Mathematics for the Fluid Earth” at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Cambridge, UK).

18 October 2013, LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the lecture Changing wave climate in the Baltic Sea to the ERC-NUMERIWAVES Seminar at the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain).

17-18 October 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the keynote lecture Retrieving the signal of climate change from simulated sediment transport along the eastern Baltic Sea coast to the Second BCAM Workshop on Computational Mathematics (Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain, 18.10.2013).

09 October 2013, LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the lecture Wave-driven longshore sediment transport along the eastern Baltic Sea coast to the seminar of the Department of Geosciences, University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal).

02 October 2013, FIELD EXPERIMENT

T.Torsvik participated in deployment of 6 old drifters in the western part of the Gulf of Riga, near the village Kolka.

 

September 2013

27 September 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A comment of T.Soomere on possible impacts of climate changes on Estonia was broadcast in the major news program Aktuaalne Kaamera of the state TV channel. The main points were reflected in on-line news of the major daily newspaper “Postimees” 27.09.2013; 21:37 Soomere: kardetud kliimamuutused Eestile otsest häda ei too.

27 September 2013, DISTINCTION

T.Soomere received the award Ökul – The friend of science journalism 2013 by Estonian Science Writers Association. The award ceremony was held within Researchers’ Night events, at 8 PM 27.09.2013 in the tower of Fat Margaret, Tallinn.

25-28 September 2013, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova participated in International Tsunami Symposium 2013 (Gocek, Turkey) with an oral presentation “Nonlinear wave run-up in bays of arbitrary cross-section: generalization of the Carrier-Greenspan approach” (27.09). She was also a chair of the session “Analytical and others” (27.09).

23-27 September 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the invited lecture Retrieving the signal of climate change from numerically simulated sediment transport along the eastern Baltic Sea coast to the COST Action TED0902 final conference “Under the sea: Archaelogy and palaeolandscapes” & the final workshop of the CoPaF project “Coastline changes of the southern Baltic Sea – Past and future projection” ( Szczecin, Poland, 25.09.2013).

19 September 2013, WORKSHOP

T.Soomere presented the invited keynote talk Smart use of currents for minimizing the consequences of marine hazards at the Gulf of Finland year 2014 data/modelling fusion workshop (Helsinki, Finland).

14 September 2013, FIELD EXPERIMENT

T.Torsvik and I. Didenkulova deployed 3 new drifters at the east coast of Naissaarr, and 3 new and 3 old drifters at the west coast of Naissaar.

11 September 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A comment of T.Soomere on the quality of meteorological data presented by Finnish company Gasum during the official consultation between Finland and Estonia (11.09) on the potential transboundary impacts of the planned LNG terminal in Inkoo, Finland, was included into the news Postimees Online (12.09.2013, 13:06 Gasum: Eesti kommentaarid LNG terminali ebasobivuse kohta põhinevad vigastel andmetel [Gasum: Comments from Estonian on the inconsistency of a LNG terminal are based on incorrect data]).

11 September 2013, EXPERT IN INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATIONS

T.Soomere participated as the expert in marine science and marine meteorology in the official consultation between Finland and Estonia on the potential transboundary impacts of the planned LNG terminal in Inkoo, Finland (Tallinn, Embassy of Finland).

10 September 2013, SEMINAR

I.Didenkulova gave a seminar “Dynamics of hazardous waves in the coastal zone” in A.Ishlinski Institute for Problems in Mechanics of Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia).

10 September 2013, SPARKLING SEMINAR ON MARINE SCIENCE, LIMNOLOGY AND COASTAL ENGINEERING

Wave Engineering Laboratory and the Commission on Marine Sciences of the Estonian Academy of Sciences organised the first Sparkling Seminar on marine science, limnology and coastal engineering. The keynote lecture Climate and marine life was given by Dr. Jonne Kotta (Estonian Marine Institute). [download audio]

09 September 2013, CONFERENCE

I. Didenkulova participated in Online Seminar (virtual conference) “Disaster Resilience: The many approaches to a concept and best practices” organized by ANDROID, the Disaster Resilience Network coordinated by the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

03 September 2013, JOINT SEMINAR WITH THE CENTRE FOR BIOROBOTICS

The Wave Engineering Laboratory team visited the Centre of Biorobotics, Faculty of Information Technology of Tallinn University of Technology, for almost for a full day. The visit was mostly filled by ten presentations reflecting highlights of the research of both teams, followed by an overview of the research environment of the Centre and a discussion of options for collaboration.

02-08 September 2013, SCIENTIFIC VISIT

I. Didenkulova and T. Torsvik visited the Space and Solar-terrestrial research Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Science (Sofia, Bulgaria) in the framework of the Estonian-Bulgarian project “Tsunamis in Inland Seas (Black and Baltic Seas)”. During the visit they participated in the tsunami field survey along the Northern coasts of Bulgaria (cities Balchik and Varna). T. Torsvik gave a seminar presentation “Ship wakes as source of extreme wave impact at the coast” on 2 September.

 

August 2013

26-30 August 2013, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova, A.Giudici, M.Eelsalu, I.Nikolkina, K. Pindsoo, A.Rodin, T.Soomere, T.Torsvik, B.Viikmäe, M.Viška, I.Zaitseva-Pärnaste and M.Zujev participated in the 9th Baltic Sea Science Congress (Klaipeda, Lithuania) with one keynote lecture

Changing wave climate in the Baltic Sea basin (27.08),

six oral presentations:

  • “Peculiarities of the ship wake structure” (I.Didenkulova, A.Rodin, 28.08),
  • “Properties of shallow water rogue waves in the Baltic Sea” I.Didenkulova, A.Rodin, 28.08),
  • “In search for the areas of natural patch generation in the Gulf of Finlands” (A.Giudici, T.Soomere 28.08),
  • “Wave energy potential in the north-eastern Baltic Sea” (M.Eelsalu, T. Soomere, 28.08),
  • “Improving the forecast of coastal pollution using surface drifter trajectories” (T.Torsvik, T.Soomere, J.Kalda, B.Viikmäe, 28.08),
  • “Simulated statistics of extreme wave events in the Baltic Sea” (I.Nikolkina, T.Soomere, R.Weisse, B.Geyer, 30.08)

and ten posters

  • “Numerical simulation of trapped waves in coastal areas” (E.Averbukh, O.Kurkina, A.Kurkin, 28.08),
  • “Power laws for the cross-shore profiles along Estonian coasts” (I.Didenkulova, K.Pindsoo, S.Suuroja, 28.08),
  • “„Parabolic cap” model for gravity flows and shallow water waves” (I.Didenkulova, A.Rodin, 28.08),
  • “Closure depth along the north-eastern coast of the Baltic Sea” (M.Eelsalu, T.Soomere, M.Viška, 28.08),
  • “Monitoring of extreme wave conditions in Lake Peipsi” (I.Nikolkina, T.Soomere, I. Didenkulova, 28.08),
  • “Wave set-up in the urban area of the City of Tallinn, Estonia” (K.Pindsoo, T.Soomere, 28.08),
  • “Analysis of ship-generated waves – a case study for port protection” (T.Torsvik, I.Didenkulova, 28.08),
  • “Analysis and comparison of automatic eddy detection methods” (B.Viikmäe, T.Torsvik, 28.08),
  • “Spatio-temporal variations in the wave-driven sediment transport along the eastern Baltic Sea coast” (M.Zujev, 29.08),
  • “Statistical properties of wave climate in the eastern Baltic Sea” (M.Viška, T.Soomere, 28.08),

T.Soomere and T.Torsvik were chairmen of Session IV “Interplay of physical, biological, geological and coastal processes.” I.Didenkulova contributed to this session as convener.

12-14 August 2013, EXPERIMENT

I. Didenkulova participated in the experimental studies “Long wave generation and propagation” and “Large wave focusing” organized in the Large wave flume (Großer Wellenkanal) by Forschungszentrum Küste (FZK), Hannover, Germany.

08 August 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

Daily newspaper “Eesti Päevaleht” published a short comment by T.Soomere Eesti on võrdlemisi immuunne (Climate warming affects Estonia only a little) to the paper Dethroning King Coal by Peter Singer (Eesti Päevaleht 153, 08.08.2013, p. 11)

15 July-09 August 2013, EXPERIMENT

I. Didenkulova and A. Rodin conducted an experimental study “Long wave dynamics and statistics of the shoreline motion: influence of the asymmetry and nonlinearity of incoming waves” in the Large wave flume (Großer Wellenkanal) in Forschungszentrum Küste (FZK), Hannover, Germany. The program was funded by Hydralab IV (Joint Research Activities, within the FP7 European Commission Funded Collaborative Research Project, 2010 – 2014).

 

July 2013

28 July-02 August 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the invited lecture “Using wave and current dynamics to find solutions to the challenges of environmental change” (28.07.2013) as the opening lecture of the section “Nonlinear problems in geophysics” to the V International conference „Frontiers of Nonlinear Physics” FNP2013, Nizhny Novgorod–Yelabuga, Russia.

22-26 July 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere participated in the IAHS – IAPSO – IASPEI Joint Assembly in Gothenburg, Sweden, 22–26 July 2013, in the session “Extreme waves” with the oral presentation “Extremes of wave-induced water level setup in the urban area of City of Tallinn, Estonia” (co-author K.Pindsoo, 26.07.2013).
I.Didenkulova was a convener of the session “Extreme waves” and co-author of the oral presentation “Seismic and nonseismic tsunamis in the Black Sea. Models and results (presented by B.Ranguelov, G.Mardirossian, session “Tsunamis, particularly due to submarine slides: cases, experiments, observations and warning,” 25.07).
I.Didenkulova and I.Nikolkina were co-authors of the oral presentation “Discussion on possibility of rogue wave formation in a basin of intermediate depth due to the modulational instability” (presented by E.Pelinovsky, session “Extreme waves,” 26.07.2013).

 

June 2013

28 June 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the invited paper „The mathematics of environmentally safe sea traffic” to the participants of the World Conference of Science Journalists 2013 (WCSJ2013, Helsinki, Finland, June 24–28, 2013), presented in the premises of the Laboratory of Biorobotics, Tallinn University of Technology, 28.06.2013

28 June 2013, PROMOTION
A.Rodin defended the thesis for Candidate of Science in Physics and Mathematic degree entitled “Influence of wave breaking effects on long wave transformation and runup on a beach” in Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) [download].

26 June-07 July 2013, FIELD EXPERIMENT

The entire Wave Engineering Laboratory team organises field experiment at the south-western part of the Island of Aegna, Tallinn Bay. The goals are as follows:

  • to identify and quantify water transport by ship wakes towards the coast and related effects
  • to record velocity profiles in highly nonlinear ship wakes in order to properly quantify the potential of ship wakes to relocate sediment with different grain size
  • to quantify run-up of leading waves from fast ferries and to associate these with the properties of approaching waves
  • to further understand the structure of ship wakes by means of distinguishing the stationary parts of ship wakes from the nonstationary wave system
  • to quantify wave-driven transport of gravel of different size along and across the coast and associated changes to the coastal profile under the impact of ship wakes and wind waves.

The measurement devices include:

  • two high-resolution echosounders to record the position of the water surface
  • two Nortek Vector current meters for high-precision recording of 3D velocity field near seabed
  • two Nortek Aquadopp profilers to record velocity profiles at in the near-bottom layer with a thickness of about 1 m
  • high-resolution pressure sensors to record wave-induced pressure variations an electronic run-up meter.

The devices are mounted on two about 4.5 m high tripods deployed in 2.7 m and 1.3 m deep water, respectively. The experiment also includes video monitoring and manual recording of run-up and run-down heights of single waves at a fixed point of an almost plane section of the coast, frequent profiling of five selected coastal profiles in the vicinity of the measurement site, video recording of the run-up process along a section of the beach and measurements of current-driven Lagrangian transport in the surface layer in the vicinity of the experiment site.

  • 8 surface drifters were deployed near Aegna during the time of the experiment.

26 June 2013, CENS SEMINAR

Our guest Sergey M. Varlamov (JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Japan) presented the seminar paper Ocean Downscaled Modeling Activities in Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) to the seminar of the Centre of Non-linear Studies.

18 June 2013, SEMINAR OUTSIDE OF INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

A.Rodin presented the seminar paper Influence of breaking effects on transformation and run-up of long waves to the shore in Nizhny Novgorog State University (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia).

17-20 June 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Torsvik participated in the 5th International Workshop on Modeling the Ocean (IWMO 2013, Bergen, Norway) with the oral presentation “Methods for automated detection of sea surface eddy structures” (19.06).

16 June 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer interview (40 min) with T.Soomere about the series of publications that received the national science prize 2013 in engineering sciences; broadcast in series Kukkuv Õun of the radio channel Kuku Raadio

14 June 2013, SEMINAR OUTSIDE OF INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I.Didenkulova presented the seminar paper Dynamics of long sea waves in the coastal zone with applications to marine hazards in P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Moscow, Russia).

10 June 2013, SEMINAR OUTSIDE OF INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I.Didenkulova presented the seminar paper Dynamics of long sea waves in the coastal zone with applications to marine hazards in Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia).

10-14 June 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere, M.Viška, M.Eelsalu, K.Pindsoo, and E.Averbukh participated in 7th Study Conference on BALTEX (10-14 June 2013, Borgholm, Island of Öland, Sweden) with two oral presentations

  • “Baltic Way: Towards the use of ocean dynamics for pollution control ” (T.Soomere, 11.06),
  • “Long-term variations of simulated sediment transport along the eastern Baltic Sea coast as a possible indicator of climate change ” (M.Viška, T.Soomere, 12.06)

and one poster “Lessons from the almost seven decades of visual wave observations from the eastern Baltic Sea coast” (T.Soomere, M.Eelsalu, K.Pindsoo, M. Zujev, 11.06).

06 June 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the invited lecture The life and death of the Baltic Sea: is it in the hands of wind direction? (03.06) to the 15th Meeting of the Domain Committee for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) and 7th ISCH Annual Progress Conference (APC), 3–4 June 2013, Meriton Grand Conference & Spa, Tallinn, Estonia.

03-06 June 2013, CONFERENCE

I.Nikolkina participated in the 33rd EARSeL Symposium “Towards Horizon 2020: Earth observation and Social Perspectives” (Matera, Italy) with the oral presentation “Rogue waves in the sea” (04.06).

 

May 2013

30 May 2013, INTERNATIONAL MEDIA OUTREACH

Ceri Perkins, Physicists rethink celebrated Kelvin wake pattern for ships, Physics World (the member magazine of the IOP/Institute of Physics), reflects among others comments the opinion of T. Soomere on the paper Ship Wakes: Kelvin or Mach Angle? by Marc Rabaud and Frédéric Moisy (Phys. Rev. Lett. 2013, 110, 214503).

27-29 May 2013, FIELD EXPERIMENT

I.Didenkulova, T.Torsvik and B.Viikmäe participated in a coastal wave field experiment at Norderney island, Germany, organized by Christian Winter, MARUM, Bremen University. The Tallinn group organized deployment of a Nortek Vector velocimeter in the surf zone. The experiment also included video monitoring of waves, wave runup measurement by acoustic measurements and wave measurements by pressure sensor and echo sounder.

19 May 2013, FIELD EXPERIMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF DRIFTERS

T.Soomere, A.Giudici, M.Eelsalu, K.Pindsoo and E.Averbukh made a field trip to Aegna in preparation for field experiment in June-July, to survey possible measurement sites. T.Torsvik and V.Pavlov deployed 4 old drifters near the east coast of Naissaar.

15 May 2013, FIELD EXPERIMENT

T.Torsvik, M.Eelsalu and V.Pavlov deployed 4 new drifters (with internal memory) at the east coast of Naissaar.

13-16 May 2013, WORKSHOP 

I.Didenkulova participated in the HYDRALAB User Community Workshop on the Hydraulic Response of Structures (IFREMER, Brest) with an oral presentation “Rogue waves at the coast: extreme wave statistics on a slopping beach”.

11-12 May 2013, EURAXESS/ELF CONSERVATION HOLIDAY

I.Nikolkina participated in Conservation Holiday for International Researchers organized by EURAXESS Estonia together with the Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) and Environmental Board, the holiday combined voluntary conservation work on the coastal meadows of Pärnu with sightseeing in Matsalu National Park (Estonia).

08 May 2013, PUBLIC LECTURE

T. Soomere presented the lecture “Läänemere rannik inimeste ja looduse surve all” (The coasts of the Baltic Sea under joint pressure of natural and anthropogenic factors) in the Estonian Academy of Science (Tallinn, Estonia, Academic Lecture 60).

05 May 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

An overview by T. Soomere about the basic properties of wind wave climatology in the Baltic Sea and about the role of Baltic Sea wave fields as an indicator of climate change; broadcast by the state radio channel Vikerraadio as a part of series Labor.

 

April 2013

24 April 2013, GERMAN RESEARCH DAY IN TARTU

I.Nikolkina participated in German Research Day in Tartu in the History Museum of the University of Tartu. The event was organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in collaboration with www.research-in-germany.de.

23-25 April 2013, SCIENCE POLICY

T. Soomere participated in the ExCom meeting (23.04) and the spring Plenary Meeting (24-25.04) of the European Marine Board (Bergen, Norway).

16-19 April 2013, CONFERENCE

E.Averbukh participated in the school-conference “Mathematics and mathematical modeling” (Sarov, Russia) and gained a diploma in the section “Simulation of physical processes and phenomena”.

17 April 2013,  MEDIA OUTREACH

T.Soomere introduced and commented the film “Planet Ocean” by Y.Arthus-Bertrand and M.Pitiot during the Film programme “Estonian Green Movement 25!” in Kumu Kunstimuuseum (Tallinn, Estonia).

15 April 2013, LECTURE OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

T. Soomere presented the lecture Wave-driven sediment dynamics along the eastern Baltic Sea coast to the international PhD school “LIDAR-based palaeogeographic reconstructions of the Baltic Sea” (Tartu, 15–19.04.2013).

08-12 April 2013, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere, T.Torsvik, I.Nikolkina, B.Viikmäe, A.Giudici, and A.Rodin participated in 12th International Coastal Symposium ICS 2013 (Plymouth, UK) with six oral presentations:

  • “Using Lagrangian models to assist in maritime management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas” (N.C. Delpeche-Ellmann, T.Soomere, 9.04),
  • “Experimental measurements of statistics of long wave runup on a plane beach (P.Denissenko, I.Didenkulova, 9.04),
  • “Identification of coastal areas of frequent patch formation from velocity fields” (A.Giudici, T.Soomere 9.04),
  • “Characteristic properties of different vessel-wake signals” (I.Didenkulova, A.Sheremet, T.Torsvik, T. Soomere, 10.04),
  • “Extending the observed Baltic Sea wave climate back to the 1940s” (T.Soomere, 12.04),
  • “In search for hidden transport patterns governing the coastal pollution” (B.Viikmäe, T.Torsvik, 12.04)

and two posters

  • “Effects of wave asymmetry on its runup on a beach” (A.Rodin, 9.04),
  • “Wave climate in Peipsi Lake” (I.Nikolkina, 10.04).

T. Soomere was chairman of the session “Coastal Engineering 4″.

07-12 April 2013,  CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova participated in EGU General Assembly (Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April 2013) with three oral presentations

  • “Identification of characteristic properties in different vessel wake signals” (I.Didenkulova, A.Sheremet, T.Torsvik, T.Soomere, 12.04)
  • “Observations of rogue waves in a basin of intermediate depth and discussion on a possibility of their formation due to the modulational instability” (I.Didenkulova, I.Nikolkina, E.Pelinovsky, 12.04)
  • “Solitary interface wave propagation in two-layer flow of slowly varied bottom” (T.Talipova, E.Pelinovsky, O.Kurkina, I.Didenkulova, 12.04)

and seven posters:

  • “Tsunami forecast for Bulgarian coasts of the Black Sea” (I.Didenkulova, A.Zaitsev, E.Pelinovsky, B.Ranguelov, 11.04),
  • “Generalization of the Carrier-Greenspan approach for nonlinear wave runup in bays of arbitrary cross-section” (I.Didenkulova, E.Pelinovsky, A.Rybkin, 11.04),
  • “Irregular wave transformation along a quartic bottom profile” (I.Didenkulova, E.Pelinovsky, 11.04),
  • “Wave characteristics in Lake Peipsi” (I.Nikolkina, T.Soomere, I.Didenkulova, 11.04),
  • “Statistics of long wave runup on a plane beach, based on the data from the Large Wave Flume (GWK), Hannover, Germany” (I.Didenkulova, P.Denissenko, A.Rodin, E.Pelinovsky, 11.04),
  • “Landslides along the rivers of Nizhny Novgorod region” (I.Nikolkina, I.Didenkulova, E.Pelinovsky, 11.04)
  • “Travelling long waves in water channels of specific configurations” (E.Pelinovsky, I.Didenkulova, D.Pelinovsky, D.Tyugin, A.Giniyatullin, 12.04).

I. Didenkulova was also a convener and a chair of sessions NH5.3 “Nonlinear Dynamics of the Coastal Zone” and NH5.1 “Tsunami”. She is also a scientific officer of the Natural Hazards (HN) division for “Sea and Ocean Hazards”.

 

March 2013

31 March 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

An interview of I. Didenkulova to the Nizhny Novgorod city on-line newspaper WWW.NN.RU about rogue wave phenomenon, read here.

28 March 2013,  MEDIA OUTREACH

An article “Rogue waves” in the Nizhny Novgorod Technical University newspaper “Politekhnik” about research of I. Didenkulova, read here.

20-22 March 2013, CONFERENCE

I. Didenkulova participated in the Alexander von Humboldt Network Meeting in Hannover, Germany.

07-08 March 2013, CONFERENCE

The Wave Engineering Laboratory team (K.Pindsoo, M. Eelsalu) organised the annual meeting and conference of the EU Regional Development Foundation-supported Environmental Conservation and Environmental Technology R&D Programme initiative “Science-based forecast and quantification of risks to properly and timely react to hazards impacting Estonian mainland, air space, water bodies and coasts”  (Jäneda, Estonia). The team presented the following oral presentations:

  • Tarmo Soomere “Marine coastal hazards for Estonia” (Merelt lähtuvad ohud Eesti ranniku kontekstis)
  • Mihhail Zujev “Statistics of the Baltic Sea wave climate” (Läänemere lainekliima statistilised parameetrid)
  • Maris Eelsalu “Wave energy potential in the Estonian coastal waters” (Laineenergia potentsiaal Eesti rannikuvetes)
  • Katri Pindsoo “Mapping of dangerous wave set-up in the urban area of Tallinn” (Lokaalse veetõusu poolt ohustatud piirkonnad Tallinna lahe rannikul)
  • Bert Viikmäe “Preventive methods for the protection of coastal environment” (Preventatiivsed meetodid rannikukeskkonna kaitseks)

06 March 2013, LECTURE OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

T. Soomere presented the lecture From Newton’s laws to surface wave motion to PhD and MSc students in Earth Sciences, Marine Systems Institute.

04-09 March 2013, WINTER SCHOOL

M. Viška participated in the winter school “Remote sensing of Baltic Sea ice” held in Tvärminne Zoological Station of the University of Helsinki, Finland and organised by Laboratory of Geophysics, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki. The course is part of the education programme of the Nordic Network for Baltic Sea Remote Sensing.

 

February 2013

25 February 2013, SEMINAR OF THE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I. Didenkulova presented a seminar “Rogue waves in the basin of intermediate depth and the possibility of their formation due to the modulational instability”.

15 February 2013,  MEDIA OUTREACH

An overview of the core activities of the Wave Engineering Laboratory in the occasion of the decision to give the state research award in engineering sciences to T.Soomere: Kadri Ibrus, Teaduspreemiate saajad rõõmustavad Eesti teaduse elujõulisuse üle (The recipients of the state research awards think the Estonian science is sustainable). Eesti Päevaleht, 33/2013, 15.02.2013, p.6 (in Estonian).

February 2013,  DISTINCTION

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”.

12 February 2013, OPPONENT TO THE PhD THESIS

T. Soomere was the first opponent of the PhD thesis “Numerical study of the Baltic Sea dynamics: A contribution to designing environmentally safe fairways” by Ms. Xi Lu (University of Oldenburg, Germany).

09 February 2013, LECTURE OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

T. Soomere presented the invited lecture “How the waves talk to us” (Millest räägivad lained) to the winter school of molecular biology (Nelijärve, Estonia, in Estonian).

05 February 2013, LECTURE OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

T. Soomere presented the invited lecture “The Baltic Sea wave fields mirror the climate change” (Läänemere lained kliimamuutuste peeglina) to the annual seminar of the Department of Geography, University of Tartu (Kääriku, Estonia, in Estonian).

 

January 2013

30 January 2013, MEETING

T. Torsvik represented the Laboratory of Wave Engineering during a visit from the German Ambassador and the 1st embassy secretary from the Norwegian embassy. During the visit at IoC, Torsvik gave a short presentation about the research activities at the Laboratory of Wave Engineering.

30 January 2013, SCIENCE POLICY

T. Soomere participated in the ExCom meeting of the European Marine Board in Brussels.

29 January 2013, DISTINCTION

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.

28-29 January 2013, CONFERENCE

T. Soomere participated in the 13th Baltic Conference on Intellectual Co- operation “European Research Area and Small Countries” (Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Sciences) with an oral presentation “Baltic Sea ‒ the bridge between many countries” (28.01.2013).

23 January 2013, WORKSHOP

T. Soomere was the key organiser and mo/pderator of the open discussion session of the partnership of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and Tallinn University of Technology on the problems of the transfer to the new scheme of financing of scientific research (Tallinn University of Technology).

21-25 January 2013, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova participated in the 2nd International Conference “Caribbean Waves” (Gosier, Guadeloupe, France) with an oral presentation “Effects of wave asymmetry on its runup on a beach: theory and experiment” (24.01.2013).

16 January 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

A short article about lectures delivered by I.Didenkulova in the “Klaipėdos universitetas” (the Klaipeda University newspaper), see here.

16 January 2013, SEMINAR OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS 

I. Didenkulova presented a seminar “Beach profile change caused by vessel wakes and wind waves in Tallinn Bay, the Baltic Sea” in the Department of Geophysical Sciences of Klaipeda University (Klaipeda, Lithuania).

15 January 2013, SEMINAR OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

T. Torsvik presented a seminar “Identification of flow structures by Lagrangian trajectory methods” in the faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Klaipeda University (Klaipeda, Lithuania).

15 January 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

An interview of I. Didenkulova to the commercial Lithuanian TV channel TV6 for the program “Universitetai.lt” (the program reflecting scientific news) about rogue wave phenomenon. 

14-15 January 2013, LECTURES OUTSIDE INSTITUTE OF CYBERNETICS

I. Didenkulova gave a series of popular lectures “Rogue waves in the sea: observations, instrumental detection and mechanisms of their generation” in Klaipeda University (Klaipeda, Lithuania). The program was funded by the The Researchers Council Of Lithuania through the project “The competitive funding of short-term researcher visits” under the EU structural support.

14 January 2013, MEDIA OUTREACH

I. Didenkulova was interviewed by the “KL.lt” (the Klaipeda newspaper) about the possibility of tsunami and other natural hazards in the Baltic Sea, see here.