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HPC-WavesHigh performance computing of waves

On a frequent scale, large ocean swell waves result in coastal flooding, hazardous currents, infrastructure damage, and erosion. On the positive side, energetic waves can make a vital contribution to marine renewable energy (MRE) systems. To understand the hazards on one side and the potential for marine energy on the other, quantitative assessment is necessary.

The chair will focus on the theoretical and numerical development of nearshore wave models with attention to high performance computing. We will improve accuracy and speed of numerical wave models to obtain a representative and complete description of coastal wave processes including generation, propagation, runup and impact on structures and for MRE extraction.

This work is complemented by field and laboratory studies. In close collaboration with governmental and private agencies for coastal zone management in the Basque country, the chair will help find integrated solutions for mitigation of wave-driven coastal hazards and investigate local MRE applications.
Volker Roeber

The chair is hosted by the SIAME, in Anglet, and led by Volker Roeber who specializes in numerical modeling of nearshore waves. He received his PhD in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii. He was Assistant Professor at Tohoku University, Japan, where he worked on wave-driven catastrophic events. He is also Affiliated Researcher in the Dep. of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii.