Wind and 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.

How can you get involved in the SIG?

Please contact Lucy Bricheno: luic@noc.ac.uk to find out more about the special interest group, and join our future meetings.

You can read more about the special interest group, and sign-up to our mailing list by visiting our website here:

http://groupspaces.com/ChallengerWindWavesSIG

Recent Activities:

Next meeting: Spring 2020, UK Met Office

2018, Newcastle: (cancelled due to clash with Ocean Modelling SIG)
Wednesday, 19th October 2016 at 12pm - 1pm Thursday, 20th October, HR Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Thursday, 22nd March 2012, Foresight Centre, Liverpool

Updated 14/10/2019

Latest News

News items from the NOC Association and the Marine Facilities Advisory Board

The details of the membership of the Decade Working Group (DWG), that was announced at the May 2021 AGM of the NOC Association, are now available:
NOC Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries | National Oceanography Centre

The March 2021 minutes of the Marine Facilities Advisory Board are available here: Marine_Facilities_Advisory Board_March_2021_minutes.pdf (noc.ac.uk)

Are your institution’s details up to date on the The UK Marine Science and Technology Compendium?  If not, please let the Secretary know.
Secretary to the NOCA and MFAB: Jackie Pearson, jfpea@noc.ac.uk National Oceanography Centre

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Report on Impacts of Covid-19

Summary Report on the Impacts of Covid-19 available from the NOCA AGM

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Cancellation of 2020/21 Challenger Conference

Sadly, the postponed 2020 Challenger Conference to be hosted at SAMs from 6th September 2021 has also been cancelled.

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