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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

The Excitation of Rogue Waves in a Variable Medium Seminar

15:00 - 16:00
22 May 2013
National Oceanography Centre University of Southampton Waterfront Campus European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre (Waterfront Campus) Visitors should check before travelling to attend the seminar.

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Event details

Physical Oceanography and Climate Seminar. An experimental study on the interaction of water, waves and currents.

We show experimentally that a stable wave propagating into a region characterized by an opposite current may become modulationaly unstable. Experiments have been performed in two independent wave tank facilities; both of them are equipped with a wave maker and a pump for generating a current propagating in the opposite direction with respect to the waves. The experimental results support a recent conjecture based on a current-modified Nonlinear Schrodinger equation which establishes that rogue waves can be triggered by non-homogeneous current characterized by a negative horizontal velocity gradient.

Speaker information

Professor Alessandro Toffoli, University of Plymouth. School of Marine Science and Engineering

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