A Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Challenger Society for Marine Science focused on observing, modelling and forecasting ocean surface waves.
Ocean surface waves are an important phenomenon in many aspects of oceanography, while also crossing many disciplines, from meteorology to sediment transport, renewable energy, coastal morphology and coastal engineering. Waves have direct impact on safe navigation and coastal erosion, while also mediating ocean-atmosphere interactions with transfers of momentum, heat, water, carbon dioxide and other quantities. While often regarded as a topic separate from oceanography, ocean waves are included in global meteorological centre forecasts, and studies of other processes may neglect them at their peril, as they are often implicitly accounted for, while their variability may not be properly understood. The study of waves takes in many widely-varied skills, from in situ observations to satellite remote sensing, from statistics of extremes to long-term climatic trends, and from modelling of ocean waves on global scales down to details of wave-current interactions or the bottom boundary layer in shallow water.
Aims of the SIG:
1) To promote research in ocean surface waves and of their interactions with oceanographic, atmospheric and climatic processes.
2) To provide a forum for cross-disciplinary exchange of information.
3) To encourage early-career researchers in this field by providing an informal platform for presentations and interactions.
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