Ira Didenkulova

Associate Professor - Mechanics
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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 35 Niels Henrik Abels hus 0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1053 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic interests

In recent years, I have focused on theoretical and experimental studies of nonlinear wave dynamics in the coastal zone and, in particular, the theory of propagation, transformation and run-up of long waves on a beach. The theory is relevant for several practical applications associated with large amplitude sea waves (freak or rogue waves, tsunamis, storm surges and fast ferry wakes).


I graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State University (Russia) in 2003 with a Master of Science degree in Radiophysics. I have two PhD degrees: PhD in Fluid Mechanics from Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n.a. R.E. Alekseev (Russia), defended in 2006, and PhD in Civil Engineering from Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), defended in 2008. I also defended Doctor of Science degree (equivalent to Habilitation) in Oceanography in P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Moscow, Russia) in 2013.


2021 Fall semester: MEK4300 – Viscous Flow and Turbulence
2022 Spring Semester: MEK4320 – Hydrodynamic Wave Theory
2022 Fall semester: MEK3230 – Fluid Mechanics


  • 2019       Early Career Scientist Award, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), International

  • 2016       L'Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science” International Rising Talents, France

  • 2016       Humboldt Alumni Award for innovative networking activities, Germany

  • 2015       Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences (elected), Russia

  • 2015       Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) Career Award, European Union

  • 2014       Russian President Award in science and innovation for young researchers (the highest scientific state award in Russia), Russia

  • 2014       L'Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science” fellowship, Russia

  • 2012       Humboldt Fellow (Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers), Germany

  • 2010       Plinius Medal by the European Geosciences Union, International

  • 2010       Tallinn University of Technology best young researcher, Estonia

  • 2009       Marie Curie Fellow, ER in University of Sheffield, UK

  • 2006       Marie Curie Fellow, ESR and later ER in Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

  • 2005       Medal of Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation as “The best scientific student’s work”, Russia


  • President (elected) of Natural Hazards division at the European Geosciences Union (2019-...);

  • Deputy President of Natural Hazards division at the European Geosciences Union (2015-2018);

  • Science Officer for Sea & Ocean Hazards of Natural Hazard Division, European Geosciences Union (2011-2018);

  • Member (elected) of the International Tsunami Commission within the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) (2012 -...);

  • Member (elected) of the RAS Tsunami Council (2019-…);

  • Member of the Expert Council of the Russian Science Foundation (2018 -...);

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science (2015-2018);

  • Member of the Coordinating Committee for Youth Affairs in Science and Education of the Presidential Council for Science and Education (2015 -...);

  • ITC Coordinator CG of the COST AGITHAR Action Project (2019-2020);

  • Chief Editor of the journal Earth System Dynamics Magazine, Copernicus (2021-...);

  • Editor of the journal Earth System Dynamics Magazine, Copernicus (2015-2021);

  • Editor of the journal "Natural hazards and earth systems sciences", "Copernicus" (2012 -...);

  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy, Springer (2014 -...);


101 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals, 13 chapters in books, 9 books, 21 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, 75 as the first (or single) author. More than 100 contributions to international conferences and seminars (35 invited).
See the list of my publications in Publons and Scopus

Tags: coastal zone dynamics, nonlinear waves, tsunami, freak waves


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