December 2014

23 December 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer interview with T.Soomere to the major Russian-language radio channel Raadio 4 in the series of broadcasts Tomorrow starts today about achievements of marine science in Estonia (in Russian).

21 December 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer interview with academicians M.Lopp. M.Kalm and T.Soomere to the series of broadcasts about science Kukkuv Õun of Kuku Raadio about perspectives of science in Estonia and the role of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (in Estonian).

16 December 2014, KEYNOTE LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the lecture The timeless values of Academia on the landscape of science (Academia ajaülesed väärtused muutuval teadusmaastikul) to the 5th scientific conferences “The days of Kreutzwald (Estonian Literature Museum, 16-17 December 2014, Tartu).

12 December 2014, LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the lecture The partnership of the Academy of Science and the Society of Engineers: from the past to the future (Akadeemia ja inseneeria partnerlus: ühine vaade minevikku ja tulevikku) to the General Assembly of the Estonian Society of Engineers (Estonian Academy of Sciences, Tallinn).

10 December 2014, OPPONENT TO THE PhD THESIS 

I.Didenkulova participated in the PhD defense of Erika Kristina Lindstrøm in University of Oslo (Norway) as an official opponent (the thesis entitled “Experimental work related to tsunami research, conducted in 2D small scale and 3D large scale facilities”).

08 December 2014, PROMOTION

Nicole Delpeche-Ellmann defended her PhD thesis Circulation Patterns in the Gulf of Finland Applied to Environmental Management of Marine Protected Areas in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

08 December 2014, INTENSE DAY ON MARINE SCIENCE

Presentations to this event organised by the Wave Engineering Laboratory and held in the premises of the Estonian Academy of Sciences were given by Dr. habil. Joachim Dippner Quo vadis, Baltic Sea (Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde, Germany), Dr. Kai Myrberg The Gulf of Finland Year: marine science for the benefit of all of us (Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Helsinki, Finland; Vice-President of ICES) and Dr. Vladimir Ryabchenko Modeling the variability of marine ecosystem in the Canary upwelling system (Saint Petersburg Branch, P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences). The entire workshop marked the first day of Tarmo Soomere as the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences

01 December 2014, LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the lecture The coastal zone under impact of high water level and large waves (Rannavöönd kõrge vee ja suurte lainete surve all) to Committee on Environmental Protection of the City Council of Tallinn (in Estonian).

 

November 2014

 

30 November – 3 December 2014, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova gave an invited presentation “Monster waves in Russian waters” at the CIESM International Scientific Forum-2014 «Advances and Gaps in Black Sea / Mediterranean Sea Oceanography» in Sochi, Russia.

29 November 2014, PUBLIC LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the lecture The coasts of the Gulf of Finland under joint pressure of nature and mankind (Soome lahe rannikud looduse ja inimeste surve all) to the seminar Days of Estonians in Foreign Countries, Tallinn University of Technology (in Estonian).

26-27 November 2014, SCIENCE POLICY CONFERENCE

M.Eelsalu and K.Pindsoo participated in Gulf of Finland Year 2014 workshop (SYKE, Helsinki).

25 November 2014,  OPPONENT TO THE PhD THESIS

I.Didenkulova participated in the PhD defense of Igor Medvedev in P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Moscow) as an official opponent (the thesis entitled “Spectrum of Baltic Sea water level oscillations in the period range from hours to years” (“Спектр изменчивости уровня Балтийского моря в диапазоне периодов от часов до лет”). 

23-24 November 2014,  AWARD CEREMONY 

I.Didenkulova was awarded National L’Oreal-UNESCO award “For Women in Science”. Award ceremony took place in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and Hotel Baltschug-Kempinski in Moscow, Russia. 

24 November 2014, INVITED LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the invited lecture Major natural hazards in the Gulf of Finland to the 10th Baltic Earth–Gulf of Finland Year 2014 Modelling Workshop, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Helsinki 24–25.11.2014.

24-25 November 2014, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere, M.Eelsalu and K.Pindsoo participated in THE 10th Baltic Earth–Gulf of Finland Year 2014 Modelling Workshop, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE, Helsinki) with two poster presentations: Quantification of the evolution of a small beach applying laser scanning technology (M.Eelsalu, K.Julge, T.Soomere, E.Grünthal) and Quantification of the impact of vessel wakes on the transport of coarse sediments (K.Pindsoo, M.Eelsalu, T.Soomere).

22 November 2014, SCIENCE AND POLICY

T.Soomere presented an address about the major tasks of the Estonian Academy of Science and about the role of sciencein valuing the culture to the vision conference Where is the value of culture (Mis on kultuuri väärtus), Haapsalu, 21-22 November 2014.

19 November 2014, KEYNOTE LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the keynote lecture The partnership of GIS and coastal scienced (GIS rannikuteaduse partnerina) to the conference on the occasion on the GIS Days, Estonian National Library (in Estonian).

06 November 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

Soomere: Estonian science can expect a wave of redundancies, The Baltic Times, 06.11–03.12.2014, vol. 11(852), 2.

05-10 November 2014, SHORT COURSE

T.Soomere presented the intense course on scientific communication to the Klaipeda University (3 lectures, each 2 astronomic hours, 05, 07 and 10 November).

01-14 November 2014, INTERNATIONAL TRAINING EVENT

The Wave Engineering Laboratory team organised an international training event in the framework of Tempus SESREMO project jointly with the Klaipėda University.

The event focused on three new curricula:

 

  • Preventive methods for coastal environmental protection
  • Environmental Mathematic Modelling for wave dynamics
  • Coastal processes and environmental management.

 

Saturday, 01 November: Opening of the event; sample lectures and discussion on the curriculum Preventive methods for coastal environmental protection (Tallinn, Institute of Cybernetics, I.Didenkulova, T.Torsvik).

Sunday, 02 November: Transfer to Klaipeda.

Monday, 02 November – Thursday, 13 November: Training event in Klaipeda, sample lectures (4 academic lecture hours each) on the curricula Environmental Mathematic Modelling for wave dynamics and Coastal processes and environmental management (T.Soomere, assisted by A.Rodin):

  • Lecture 1: From Newton’s laws to wave equations
  • Lecture 2: Fundamentals of linear theory of surface waves
  • Lecture 3: Wave properties in the nearshore
  • Lecture 4: Tsunami from the viewpoint of linear wave theory
  • Lecture 5: Coastal flooding as a wave problem
  • Lecture 6: Ocean waves: properties and measurements
  • Lecture 7: Wave climate
  • Lecture 8: Simulated sediment transport along sedimentary coasts of the Baltic Sea

The theoretical material was linked to practical demonstrations (L.Kelpšaite, T.Mingelaite, E.Valaitis):

  • full day of field work dedicated to naturally developing sandy beaches in different locations of the Curonian Spit (UNESCO World Heritage) and examples of sustainable management of the coastal zone (groins, stabilisation of sand masses, handling of the problem of cormorants);
  • half-day visit to a beach near Klaipėda (with sighting of a recently discovered ship wreck from 19th century in an area suffering from intense erosion) and to Palanga Beach that has been subject of considerable anthropogenic interventions.

 

Friday, 14 November: Transfer to Tallinn; discussions on the curriculum Preventive methods for coastal environmental protection (Tallinn, Institute of Cybernetics, I.Didenkulova, T.Torsvik); closing of the event.

 

October 2014

29 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

An interview with T.Soomere in the occasion 75-th birthday of Toomas Paul, Estonian national radio channel Vikerraadio (in Estonian).

29 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

V.Veski, Tarmo Soomere: Only many scientists from various fields working together can solve the puzzles of our world (Tarmo Soomere: Erinevate valdkondade teadlased suudavad maailmapusle kokku panna), an interview with T.Soomere, Raplamaa Sõnumid, 29.10.2014, nr. 44(2845), 4–5 (in Estonian).

23 October 2014, PUBLIC LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the lecture The coasts of Estonia and the Baltic Sea under joint pressure of nature and mankind (Eesti ja Läänemere rannikud looduse ja inimeste surve all) to the seminar of gymnasium teachers in the framework of the UNESCO Baltic Sea project, Pärnu, Centre of Environmental Education, 23.10.2014 (in Estonian).

23 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer (~40 min) Live-on-air interview of T.Soomere in the prime-time talk-show Kahekõne (The Dialogue), Estonian national TV channel, 23.10.2014 (in Estonian).

23 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A.Lõhmus, 10 unexpected questions to the smartest (10 ootamatut küsimust targimale), an interview with T.Soomere, Maaleht, 23.10.2014, nr. 43(1411), 6–7 (in Estonian).

20 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A.Olesk, Visible or invisible (Nähtav või nähtamatu), an editorial comment in the occasion of election of T.Soomere to the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences Postimees, 20.10.2014, nr. 244(7235), 2 (in Estonian).

19 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

An selection of interviews with colleagues of T.Soomere (J.Engelbrecht, M.Eelsalu, K.Pindsoo) to the major news program Aktuaalne Kaamera in the occasion of election to the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Estonian national TV channel, 19.10.2014 (in Estonian).

18 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

N.Korv, 1+1 is not always 2 (1+1 pole 2), an editorial comment in the occasion of election of T.Soomere to the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences Postimees, 18.10.2014, nr. 243(7234), 3 (in Estonian).

17 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

Live-on-air interview of with T.Soomere in the occasion of election to the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, City of Tallinn TV channel (in Estonian).

17 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer (~1 hour) interview of with T.Soomere in the occasion of election to the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Estonian national radio channel Vikerraadio, broadcast The person of the week (in Estonian).

17 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

R.Aljas, Soomere prefers tighter contacts of scientists and society (Soomere eelistab inimlikku teaduskeelt), Päevaleht, 17.10.2014, nr. 201, 6–7 (in Estonian).

16 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

T.Randlo, Estonian science system will lose many jobs, says the new president of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (Teaduste Akadeemia uus juht: Eesti teadust ootab ees sadade või isegi tuhandete inimeste koondamine), interview with T.Soomere, Postimees Online, 16.10.2014, at 00:00 (in Estonian).

16 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

Live-on-air interview of T.Soomere to the morning talk-show Terevisioon about the role of the Estonian Academy of Sciences in society, Estonian national TV channel, 16.10.2014 (in Estonian).

15 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

Live-on-air interview of T.Soomere to the major news program Aktuaalne Kaamera in the occasion of election to the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Estonian national TV channel, 15.10.2014 (in Estonian).

15 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

Soomere wishes to build tighter connections of the Academy with society (Soomere tahab parandada Teaduste Akadeemia suhtlust ühiskonnaga), interview with T.Soomere Postimees Online, 15.10.2014, at 20:57 (in Estonian).

12 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

It is time to increase visibility of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (On aeg Teaduste Akadeemia nähtavuse suurendamiseks), interview with T.Soomere Postimees Online, 12.10.2014, at 12:52 (in Estonian).

10 October 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

M.Maidla, Mart Ustav and Tarmo Soomere – the candidates for the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences A rolling stone becomes singing sand (Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia presidendiks kandideerivad Mart Ustav ja Tarmo Soomere)Sirp, 10.10.2014, nr. 40 (3540), 35–37 (in Estonian).

09-10 October 2014, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the European Marine Board autumn plenary meeting (Rome, Italy).

07-09 October 2014, SCIENCE POLICY CONFERENCE

T.Soomere participated in the European marine science policy conference EurOCEAN2014 (Rome, Italy) in the discussion panel Addressing complex seas and oceans challenges: how can we cross the disciplines more effectively and as the member of the drafting team of Rome Declaration.

According to Máire Geoghegan-­Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science: “EurOCEAN is considered as a top science conference in Europe which delivers concrete messages to science and policy. These are instrumental in strengthening the knowledge base for Europe and developing common priorities in the area of marine sciences” (June 2013).

06-07 October 2014, PROJECT COORDINATION MEETING & MASTER CLASS LECTURE

I.Didenkulova and T.Torsvik attended a coordination meeting for the Tempus project SESREMO, organized by Baku State University in Baku, Azerbaijan. As part of the meeting, T.Torsvik gave a Master Class lecture “Preventive Methods for Coastal Protection”.

 

September 2014

25–26 September 2014, CONFERENCE

B.Viikmäe presented BalticWay project consortium materials (a poster, some flyers and copies of recent publications) at the informal meeting “20 years of VASAB 2010” and at the 8th VASAB Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region in Tallinn.

24–25 September 2014, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the autumn meeting of the European Academies Science Advisory Council’s Environment Steering Panel in Brussels.

22 September 2014, PROMOTION

Maija Viška defended her PhD thesis Sediment Transport Patterns Along the Eastern Coasts of the Baltic Sea in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

22 September 2014, INTENSE DAY ON COASTAL SCIENCE

Presentations to this event organised by the Wave Engineering Laboratory were given by Prof. Dr. Jan Harff River-mouth systems – zones of interference between terrestrial, marine and anthropogenic impacts (Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of Szczecin, Poland & Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde, Germany), Dr. Daria Ryabchuk Coastal systems of the eastern Gulf of Finland: Holocene development and recent dynamics (A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI), Russia, St.Petersburg) and Dr. Albertas Bitinas Geology of the Curonian Spit (Marine Science and Technology Center & Department of Geophysical Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Klaipėda University, Lithuania). The participants were welcomed by T. Soomere and A. Salupere

17 September 2014, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the opening lecture Marine-induced risks at Estonian coasts at the conference “Population, risks and environment” (Estonian Academy of Sciences, Tallinn

08–12 September 2014, CONFERENCE

The entire Engineering Laboratory team participated in the IUTAM Symposium on Complexity of Nonlinear Waves 8–12 September, Tallinn 2014 with four lectures:

  • T.Soomere, Change in waves and winds that may lead to an ecological deadzone in the deep Baltic (11.09).
  • T. Torsvik, H. Herrmann, I. Didenkulova, A. Rodin, E. Quak. Analysis of ship wake structures by use of time-frequency methods (11.09).
  • T. Talipova, K. Terletska, O. Kurkina, Breathers of the internal waves (09.09).
  • O. Didenkulov, I. Didenkulova, E. Pelinovsky. Parameterization of run-up characteristics of bell-shaped tsunami waves in a bay of parabolic cross-section (11.09).

and eight student presentations (10 minute introduction + poster; all presented on 11.09):

 

  • N. Delpeche-Ellmann, Using current-driven patterns in the surface layer of the Gulf of Finland to predict the Marine Protected Areas at risk of pollution (co-author T. Soomere).
  • M. Eelsalu, Laser scanning reveals detailed spatial structure of sandy beaches (co-authors K. Julge, E. Grünthal, A. Ellmann, T. Soomere).
  • A. Giudici, Finite-Time Compressibility as a measure of likelihood of spontaneous patch formation in the Gulf of Finland (co-author T. Soomere).
  • O. Kurkina, Long-term variability of internal wave climate in the Baltic Sea (co-authors T. Soomere, A. Kurkin, A. Rybin, D. Tyugin).
  • K. Pindsoo, Wave set-up climatology in the city of Tallinn, Estonia (co-author T. Soomere).
  • A. Rodin, Deformation of long large-amplitude waves in finite-depth fluid (co-author E. Pelinovsky).
  • B. Viikmäe, Modelling wave-driven impacts on the spatial pattern of current-driven hits to the nearshore (co-authors T. Soomere, T. Torsvik).
  • M. Viška, Structural stability of eastern Baltic Sea coast under simulated wave-driven alongshore transport (co-author T. Soomere).

 

T. Soomere was member of the local organising committee and chaired the session Coastal and environmental engineering on 11.09.

05 September 2014, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the European Marine Board ExCom meeting and in the drafting meeting of Rome Declaration for the EurOCEAN2014 conference (Brussels, Belgium).

 

August 2014

23 August 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

Ü.Priks, A rolling stone becomes singing sand (Veerevast kivist saab lõpuks laulev liiv), Sakala (newspaper of Viljandi County, Estonia), 23.08.2014, 9; based on comments by T.Soomere about the origin of beach sand and functioning of sandy beaches.

22–24 August 2014, LECTURE IN A SUMMER SCHOOL

T.Soomere presented the lecture Slow dialogue of sea and land (Mere ja maa aeglane dialoog) in the summer school organised by teadus.ee (Käsmu, Estonia, 23.08.2014, in Estonian).

22 August 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A comment by T.Soomere to the national radio and TV about potential environmental impact of the construction of a LNG terminal at the coast of the Gulf of Finland and underwater gas pipeline across this gulf, and about possibilities of minimising of their environmental impact.

 

July 2014

22–25 July 2014, CONFERENCE

Six members of the Wave Engineering Laboratory team participated in the international conference MEME’2014 “Mathematics and Engineering in Marine and Earth Problems” (Aveiro, Portugal) with 8 oral presentations:

  • T. Soomere, Towards smart use of currents for environmental management of maritime activities (22.07).
  • A. Giudici, Quantification of spontaneous patch generation in marine surface layer (co-author T. Soomere, 22.07).
  • K. Pindsoo, Vessel wakes effectively transport gravel, cobbles and pebbles (co-authors T. Soomere, M. Eelsalu, H. Tõnisson, 23.07).
  • M. Eelsalu, Combined laser scanning to monitor coastal processes (co-authors K. Julge, E. Grünthal, S. Talvik, A. Ellmann, T. Soomere, H. Tõnisson, 23.07).
  • A. Rodin, Peculiarities of long wave transformation waves in nonlinear hyperbolic systems (shallow-water framework) (23.07).
  • K. Pindsoo, Changing wave set-up climate in the urban area of Tallinn, Estonia (co-author T. Soomere, 24.07).
  • M. Eelsalu, Intermittency of the wave energy flux in the eastern Baltic Sea (co-author T. Soomere, 24.07).
  • B. Viikmäe, Optimizing fairways in the Gulf of Finland using patterns of surface currents (co-authors T. Soomere, T. Torsvik, 24.07).

01–03 July 2014, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the joint workshop of the Working Group on Marine Sustainability of the European Academies Scientific Advisory Council (EASAC) and the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Ispra, Italy).

 

June 2014

24–27 June 2014, CONFERENCE

B.Viikmäe participated in the 6th International Workshop on Modeling the Ocean (IWMO 2014, Halifax, Canada) with an oral presentation Optimising fairways in the Gulf of Finland using patterns of surface currents (26.06, co-authors T.Soomere and T.Torsvik).

14 June 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment by T.Soomere and M.Eelsalu to the broadcast Labor (state radio channel Vikerraadio) about the possibilities of using wind wave energy at Estonian coasts. An overview of the main points is available at http://teadus.err.ee/v/keskkond/6f1b8150-facd-4b1d-bc5f-4eda95ef1a3b

14 June 2014, PUBLIC LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the public lecture Dialogue of coasts and waves to the Artur Talvik Summer University (Tapurla, Juminda).

14 June 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment by T.Soomere to the Marine Hour (Kuku Raadio) about wind wave energy potential in the Baltic Sea and the possibilities of its use along Estonian coasts.

09–11 June 2014, CONFERENCE

A.Giudici participated in the 11th International Baltic Conference on DB&IS (Data Bases and Information Systems) with a poster Measuring Finite Time Compressibility from Large Simulated Datasets: Towards Identification of Areas of Spontaneous Patch Formation in the Gulf of Finland and its short oral presentation (09.06, co-author T.Soomere).

04 June 2014, OPPONENT TO THE PhD THESIS

T. Soomere was the official opponent of the PhD thesis Sea level changes on the Finnish coast and their relatioinship to atmospheric factors by Milla M. Johansson (University of Helsingi, Finland).

 

May 2014

27–29 May 2014, CONFERENCE

The team of the Wave Engineering Laboratory participated in the 6th IEEE/OES Baltic Symposium Measuring and modeling of multi-scale interactions in the marine environment (Tallinn, Estonia) with 12 oral presentations:

  • M.Eelsalu, M.Org, T. Soomere, Visually observed wave climate in the Gulf of Riga (27.05)
  • L.Tretjak, I.Nikolkina, Wind patterns in Lake Peipsi: hindcast and in-situ data (27.05)
  • B.Viikmäe, T.Torsvik, Analysis of the lifetime of eddy structures (27.05)
  • A.Giudici, T.Soomere, On the possibility of spontaneous patch formation in the Gulf of Finland (27.05)
  • T.Torsvik, J.Kalda, Analysis of surface current properties in the Gulf of Finland using dat a from surface drifters (28.05)
  • P.Lagemaa, M.Eelsalu, K.Pindsoo, T.Soomere, Properties of an ensemble of projections of extreme water levels near Tallinn (28.05).
  • I.Nikolkina, T.Soomere, A.Räämet, Multidecadal hindcast of wave fields in the Baltic Sea (29.05)
  • A.Giudici, I.Nikolkina, Automated detection of crossing seas from simulated wave spectra (29.05)
  • L.Tretjak, I.Nikolkina, Rogue waves in Lithuanian waters (29.05)
  • K.Pindsoo, M.Eelsalu, H.Tõnisson, T.Soomere, An estimate of the impact of vessel wakes on coastal processes: a case study for Aegna, Estonia (29.05)
  • K.Julge, M.Eelsalu, E.Grünthal, S.Talvik, A.Ellmann, H.Tõnisson, T.Soomere, Combining airborne and terrestrial laser scanning to monitor coastal processes (29.05)
  • M.Viška, T.Soomere, I.Nikolkina, A.Räämet, Variations of wave-driven sediment flux along the eastern Baltic Sea reflecting the choice of wind data (29.05)

and three poster presentations:

  • O.Kurkina, A.Kurkin, T.Soomere, A.Rybin, D.Tyugin, Pycnocline variations in the Baltic Sea affect background conditions for internal waves
  • A.Rodin, I.Didenkulova, I.Nikolkina, Run-up of large storm waves on Estonian coasts of the Baltic Sea
  • A.Rodin, I.Didenkulova, Transformation and run-up of large-amplitude nonlinear waves from high-speed ferries in the coastal zone of the Baltic Sea.

T.Soomere was a member of the scientific committee of this event.

24 May 2014, PUBLIC LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the introductory short lecture The art of waves of the event Maikellukese Päevad 2014 (Science as inspiration for artists), Kanuti Gild, Tallinn. B.Viikmäe contributed a presentation about the technology of preventive optimisation of fairways

22 May 2014, PUBLIC LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the public lecture Dialogue of waves and coasts in the framework of Days of the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Saaremaa (Kuressaare Adults Gymnasium, 22-23 May).

19 May 2014, WORKSHOP ON SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the seminar-workshop Estonian science in international organisations with a presentation “Estonian membership in the European Marine Board” (Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Sciences).

13–15 May 2014, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the ExCom meeting (13.05) and spring plenary meeting of the European Marine Board (Brest, 14.–15.05), and visited the research group of M.Olagnon in IFREMER, Brest.

12–14 May 2014, CONFERENCE

T.Torsvik participated in the JONSMOD 2014 conference organized by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium, with 1 oral presentation:

  • Eddy diffusivity in the Gulf of Finland based on drifter data and numerical modelling (T.Torsvik, co authors J.Kalda and B.Viikmäe, 12.05)

12–15 May 2014, CONFERENCE

A.Giudici, M.Eelsalu, K.Pindsoo and M.Viška participated in the 2nd International Conference Climate Change — The environmental and socio-economic response in the southern Baltic region (Szczecin, Poland) with two oral presentations:

  • Highly persisting patch formation areas in the Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea (A.Giudici, co-author T.Soomere, 14.05)
  • On spatio-temporal variations of the wave energy potential along the eastern Baltic Sea coast (M.Eelsalu, co-author T.Soomere, 14.05)

and two poster presentations: Signal of wave climate change reflected by wave set-up height (K. Pindsoo, co-author T.Soomere) and On sensitivity of wave-driven alongshore sediment transport patterns with respect to model setup and sediment properties (M.Viska, co-author T.Soomere).

The presentation by Andrea Giudici received the best students’ presentation award.

05 May 2014, SPARKLING SEMINAR ON MARINE SCIENCE, LIMNOLOGY AND COASTAL ENGINEERING

The fourth Sparkling Seminar on marine science, limnology and coastal engineering was organised jointly by the Wave Engineering Laboratory and the Commission on Marine Sciences of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and hosted by the Ministry of the Environment. The keynote lecture Invasion of the alien species: fight with inevitability or hope exists? was given by Henn Ojaveer (Estonian Marine Institute). [download slides]

 

April 2014

30 April 2014, EDITORIAL BOARD MEETING

I.Didenkulova participated in the editorial board meeting of the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.

28 April 2014, SEMINAR

K.Parnell presented the seminar paper Why ship generated wakes matter to the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto de Scienze Marine (CNR-ISMAR, Venice, Italy).

27 April–02 May 2014, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova and A.Rodin participated in the EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria (27 April – 2 May 2014) with oral presentations: “Nonlinear dynamics of the coastal zone with applications to marine hazards” (I.Didenkulova, presented on 2 May) and “Assessment of Tsunami Inundation map for Bulgarian coasts of in the Black Sea” (I.Didenkulova together with A.Zaytsev, B.Ranguelov, E.Pelinovsky, A.Yalciner, presented by A.Zaytsev on 1 May), and poster presentations: “Shallow water freak waves: the case of Tallinn Bay the Baltic Sea” (A.Rodin and I.Didenkulova, presented on 28 Apr), “Experimental study of the runup of long nonlinear regular and irregular waves” (I.Didenkulova, P.Denissenko, A.Rodin, J.Pearson, presented on 2 May), “Travelling Long Waves in Water Channels of Variable Cross Section” (I.Didenkulova together with E.Pelinovsky, presented on 28 Apr). I.Didenkulova was also a convener and the chair in two sessions: NH5.1 “Tsunami” and NH5.3 Nonlinear Dynamics of the Coastal Zone.

27 April 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer discussion of T.Soomere and M.Raidal about the status and perspectives of financing of scientific research in Estonia; an 1-hour broadcast in the series Kukkuv Õun of the leading radio channel Kuku Raadio.

24 April 2014, LECTURE

T.Soomere presented the invited lecture On the possibilities to protect the coastal zone of the Kakumäe Peninsula to the seminar Maintenance and security of beaches organised by the Estonian Society of Municipal Engineering (Tallinn, Estonia).

23-26 April 2014, CONFERENCE

I.Didenkulova participated in the second Conference on Wave Interaction (WIN-2014), Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz, Austria (23-26 April 2014) with an oral presentation “Rogue waves in the basin of intermediate depth and in the coastal zone: observations and field data”.

07-08 April 2014, CONFERENCE

M.Viška participated in the COST conference “The Predictive Power of Marine Science in a Changing Climate” (Sopot, Poland).

03 April 2014, SEMINAR

K.Parnell presented the seminar paper Climate change, coastal processes and communities on reef islands to the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto de Scienze Marine (CNR-ISMAR, Venice, Italy.

 

March 2014

27 March 2014, SCIENCE POLICY

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

24 March 2014, SEMINAR

K.Parnell presented the seminar paper Why ship generated wakes matter to the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche institute – INSEAN (The Italian Ship Model Basin).

17 March–30 April 2014, MEASUREMENTS OF SHIP WAKES IN VENICE

K.Parnell and L.Ischenko (usually based in James Cook University, Australia) renewed a long association with the Wave Engineering Laboratory for five months. Between March and May they have been based in Venice, working with scientists from the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto de Scienze Marin (GIS rannikuteaduse partnerina) to the conference on the occasion on the GIS Days, Estonian National Library (in Estonian)./ppe (CNR-ISMAR) researching waves generated by large cruise ships in the Lido Channel and by cargo ships in the Industrial Channel, and developing collaborations between IOC, ISMAR and JCU. During this time, field experiments were undertaken showing that the cruise boats produced minimal wake-wave impacts, but there were significant effects in the smaller industrial channel. Seminars were presented at ISMAR (‘Why ship generated wakes matter’ and ‘Climate pchange, coastal processes and communities on reef islands’) and at another Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche institute – INSEAN (The Italian Ship Model Basin) which operates a number of vessel tow tank and other vessel testing facilities (‘Why ship generated wakes matter’).

12 March 2014, OPPONENT TO THE PhD THESIS

T. Soomere was the first opponent of the PhD thesis “Modelling of coastal morphogenesis – past and future projection (examples from the southern Baltic Sea)” by Junjie Deng (University of Szczecin, Poland).

09 March 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

Bert Viikmäe gave an interview to the state radio channel “Vikerraadio” in the popular science program “Labor” on fairway optimisation in the Gulf of Finland at 17:05.

03 March 2014, PROMOTION

Bert Viikmäe defended his PhD thesis Optimising fairways in the Gulf of Finland using patterns of surface currents in the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.

03 March 2014, INTENSE DAY ON MARINE RESEARCH

Presentations to this event organised by the Wave Engineering Laboratory were given by Prof. Urmas Lips Recent marine research in the Marine Systems Institute (Marine Systems Institute at Tallinn University of Technology), Prof. Kristofer Döös The coupled ocean-atmosphere hydrothermohaline circulation (Department of Meteorology, Stockholm University, Sweden), Dr. Bjørn Ådlandsvik NorKyst800 and the Norwegian Current Information System (Department of Institute of Marine Research and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway) and Prof. Pentti Kujala Challenges of Arctic operations and related research (School of Engineering, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland). The participants were welcomed by T.Soomere.

 

February 2014

23 February 2014, DISTINCTION

Tarmo Soomere received the state decoration III class Order of the White Star.

04 February 2014, SPARKLING SEMINAR ON MARINE SCIENCE, LIMNOLOGY AND COASTAL ENGINEERING

The third Sparkling Seminar on marine science, limnology and coastal engineering was organised jointly by the Wave Engineering Laboratory and the Commission on Marine Sciences of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and hosted by the Estonian Marine Institute at Tartu University. The keynote lecture Baltic Sea waves in the middle of changes was given by Prof. Tarmo Soomere (Tallinn University of Technology, Institute of Cybernetics, Laboratory of Wave Engineering). [download slides] [download audio]

 

January 2014

30-31 January 2014, INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

M.Eelsalu, K.Pindsoo and M.Org participated in the Baltic Earth Workshop on Natural hazards and extreme events in the Baltic Sea region with two posters Trends in long-term components and rapid variations in the water level: a case study for Tallinn Bay (presented by K.Pindsoo, co-authors M.Eelsalu, M.Org, T.Soomere) and Evaluation of extreme water levels and their return periods near Tallinn using ensemble approach (presented by M.Eelsalu, co-authors P.Lagemaa, T.Soomere)

30 January 2014, SCIENCE POLICY

T.Soomere participated in the ExCom meeting of the European Marine Board (Brussels, Belgium).

27-29 January 2014, CONFERENCE and KICK-OFF MEETING

I.Didenkulova and T.Soomere participated in scientific conference and kick-off meeting of the Tempus project SESREMO Strengthening Education in Space-based REMOte sensing for monitoring of eco-systems in Israel, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan with a presentation about the contribution of the Institute of Cybernetics.

21 January 2014, SCIENCE POLICY

A.Giudici and M.Viška participated in the Opening Ceremony of the Gulf of Finland Year 2014, Presentation of Gulf of Finland Year Research and speech of President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö.

11 January 2014, MEDIA OUTREACH

A longer comment of T.Soomere to the Marine Hour (Kuku Raadio) about advances in the research into the Baltic Sea wave climate.

09-10 January 2014, CONFERENCE

T.Soomere presented the opening keynote lecture Changing wave climate in the Baltic Sea to the IVth Finnish-Estonian Mathematics Colloquium & Finnish Mathematical Days (Helsinki, Finland, 09.01)