3rd DNVA-RSE Norway-Scotland Waves Symposium

The symposium is a follow-up of two highly successful previous symposia, held 14-15 October 2008 in the Norwegian Academy in Oslo and 1-2 November 2010 in RSE in Edinburgh. Topics of this year's symposium include: internal waves, ocean surface waves and tsunamis reflecting the activities in the current research projects of the Norwegian and Scottish groups.




There is high level research activity and common research interest in the topic of water waves including internal waves and surface waves in universities in Norway and Scotland, as well as existing embryonic collaborations on the subject between research groups in the two countries. This specialist symposium is organised under the auspices of the agreement signed in 2005 between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA) and The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) to promote increased collaboration between the two national academies and the research communities in their respective countries. This 3rd Norway-Scotland DNVA-RSE waves symposium is a follow-up of two highly successful previous symposia, held 14-15 October 2008 in the Norwegian Academy in Oslo and 1-2 November 2010 in RSE in Edinburgh. A 4th symposium is planned in Scotland 2015 to review collaborative research progress in the intervening period and to enhance sustainable collaborations in future years.

Topics of this year's symposium include: internal waves, ocean surface waves, tsunamis and renewable energy in the ocean environment, reflecting the activities in the current research projects of the Norwegian and Scottish groups. Internal waves, ocean surface waves and tsunamis (e.g. in fjords) are studied by scientists in applied mathematics, physics, engineering and earth sciences. In the open sea, the waves carry large amounts of energy. Research on internal waves relates to ocean circulation studies, and in the more general context, to climate research. The detailed knowledge of surface waves is particularly of direct industrial relevance to offshore engineering including installations for renewable energy and hazards in UK and Norwegian waters.

The main aims of the Symposium will be:

  1. to expose the present scope of research activity relating to water waves in the individual countries,
  2. to provide advanced knowledge to Norwegian and Scottish graduate students working in this area,
  3. to explore in detail the initiation of new bi- or multi-lateral collaborative research projects involving Norwegian and Scottish scientists in this area and the extension and strengthening of existing cross-national collaborations of this kind,
  4. to identify fundamental, applied and industrial research problems with water waves that are relevant in Norway and Scotland as well as internationally and
  5. to promote the appropriate transfer of academic research advances to the industrial (offshore) sector.


The symposium program will consist of 35 invited plenary lectures, on: ocean surface waves, tsunamis from slides and internal waves, with most talks on the latter subject. The talks will cover nonlinear theories, numerical calculations, results from field work and laboratory experiments.

Monday 16 September, from 8:30 to 19:00, 20 lectures

Tuesday 17 September, from 8:30 to 17:00, 15 lectures

The complete program will be announced on the Symposium Web-page by 1st August.

Each presenter should prepare an extended abstract (2 A4 pages) of their talk, for publication on the Symposium web-page.

A banquet will be given in the Academy on the evening of Monday 16th September (invitation only).

Important dates:

  • 1st August: Dead-line. Extended abstracts.
  • 15th August: Dead-line. Registration.
  • 19th August: Dead-line. Special prices at Gyldenløve Hotel (see below for details).

Symposium fee:

NOK 2.500 (Covers lunches, banquet, refreshments, participation in the meeting.)

The fee may be paid by credit card using this link.

List of Invited Plenary Lectures:

  1. D. L. Aleynik and M. E. Inall (UK): Internal waves generation and decay in Celtic Sea.
  2. J. Berntsen (Norway): Mixing in rotating and non-rotating lock release gravity currents down canyons.
  3. L. Boegman, P. Aghsaee and A. Dorostkar (Canada): Multiscale research on 3D dynamics of nonlinear internal wave and topography interaction.
  4. A. Brandt (USA): Mass transport by large and very-large amplitude mode-2 internal solitary waves: experimental observations.
  5. M. Carr, P. A. Davies and R. Hoebers (UK/Holland): Experiments on the structure and stability of mode 2 internal solitary-like waves.
  6. I.-C. Chan (USA): Runup of interfacial waves on a plane beach.
  7. A. Dale (UK): The Loch Linnhe freshwater bore.
  8. P. J. Diamessis and S. Wunsch (USA): Nonlinear generation of harmonics through the interaction of an internal wave beam with a model oceanic pycnocline.
  9. D. Dritschel, S. King and M. Carr (UK): New advances in the simulation of 2D stratified flows.
  10. I. Fer (Norway): Internal waves and mixing in the Arctic Ocean.
  11. H. Fritz (USA): Three-dimensional physical modeling of granular landslide tsunami generation in various scenarios.
  12. B. Gjevik, S. Bondevik and M. B. Sørensen (Norway): Seiches in Norwegian fjords generated by distant earthquakes.
  13. R. H. Grimshaw (UK): The combined effect of rotation and variable depth on internal solitary waves.
  14. J. Grue (Norway): Large amplitude interfacial wave generation at topography. New computations.
  15. C. B. Harbitz and G. K. Pedersen (Norway): Åkerneset, the threat from an unstable rockslope in Storfjorden, Western Norway. A review of research and civil protection issues.
  16. M. E. Inall (UK): How well do autonomous gliders capture the internal tide?
  17. G. Ivey (Australia): Internal tides on the Australian North West Shelf: from generation to breaking.
  18. G. Jeans (UK): The application of internal wave physics to offshore engineering.
  19. H. Kalisch (Norway): Reconstruction of the pressure in long-wave models with constant vorticity.
  20. Ch. Kharif (France): Modulated surface gravity waves on water of finite depth with constant vorticity.
  21. E. K. Lindstrøm, G. K. Pedersen, A. Jensen and S. Glimsdal (Norway): Experiments on tsunamis generated by a block-slde in an 1 in 500 fjord model.
  22. P. L. F. Liu (USA): Direct measurements of bottom shear stress and runup induced by solitary waves.
  23. A. Lohrmann (Norway): Ocean Wave Measurements with Coherent Marine Radars using VV Polarization.
  24. J. Nycander (Sweden): Generation of internal waves by tides.
  25. M. Palmer (UK): Does differing internal wave forcing drive variable behaviour in pycnocline mixing?
  26. Y. S. Park (UK): Generation of extremely long waves.
  27. A. Rabitti, L. R. M. Maas, H. van Haren and T. Gerkema (Holland): Internal waves and Equatorial Ocean dynamics.
  28. A. Stålstrøm (Norway): Observations of turbulence caused by a combination of tides and baroclinic mean pressure gradients over a fjord sill.
  29. N. Stashchuk, V. Vlasenko and M. E. Inall (UK): Three dimensional dynamics of baroclynic tides in the Celtic Sea on the results of in-situ observations and numerical modelling.
  30. M. Stastna (Canada): Internal wave boundary layer interaction: two novel mechanisms for instability.
  31. T. M. Taklo, K. Trulsen, O. Gramstad, H. E. Krogstad and A. Jensen (Norway): Direct measurement of dispersion relation for random surface gravity waves on deep water.
  32. H. van Haren (Holland): Energy release through internal wave breaking
  33. J. Verschaeve, G. K. Pedersen, E. K. Lindstrøm (Norway): Scale effects and stability of viscous boundary layers in wave tank experiments.
  34. V. Vlasenko, C. Guo and N. Stashchuk (UK): A and B-type internal solitary waves in the northern South China Sea.
  35. J. E. Weber, Gøran Brostrøm and Kai H. Christensen (Norway/Sweden): Stokes drift in internal equatorial Kelvin waves; continuous stratification versus two-layer models.


Chairs: J. Grue (Oslo), P.A. Davies (Dundee)

Planning Group: J. Grue, P.A. Davies, M.E. Inall, G.K. Pedersen, A. Jensen, K. Trulsen, M. Mortensen, J.E. Weber

Hosted under the auspices of the bilateral agreement between: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA) and The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)

Sponsors: DNVA, RSE, The Research Council of Norway, Småforsk, Telford Institute, MASTS, Univ. of Oslo, Univ. of Dundee



Hotel (Special rates held until 19th August)

En-block reservations have been made at THON HOTEL GYLDENLØVE, Bogstadveien 20, 0355 Oslo

IMPORTANT: booking with special rates of NOK 905 (single room) / 1105 (double room) (per night) are obtained sending an email to: gyldenlove.booking@thonhotels.no. Please refer to REF.NR.: 1008723.

Note: Rooms will be held until 19th August.



Travel from Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL) to Oslo:

  1. Airport Express Train (Flytoget) to Oslo Central Station; 6 departures per hour; takes 20 min; fare, NOK 170. Take a taxi to THON HOTEL GYLDENLØVE, Street Address, Bogstadveien 20, Oslo (approx. NOK 200).
  2. Airport Express Bus, Flybussen.no, to Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel (which is located at King's Castle, and walking distance to THON HOTEL GYLDENLØVE; 3 departures per hour.

How to get from THON HOTEL GYLDENLØVE to the Academy, Street Address, Drammensveien 78, Oslo:

  1. by foot (15-20 min).
  2. by Subway (T-bane)from Majorstua to Nationaltheatret (1 stop, all lines, eastbound, direction down town; Nationaltheatret is next to King's Castle), change at Nationaltheatret to tram line 13 (on street level), to Stop SKARPSNO (four stops), which is next to the Academy in Drammensveien 78.
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