On the Modelling of Extreme Water Waves
Frédéric Dias

Scientists have been studying water waves for more than 150 years. However, the planetary tragedy of the tsunami of December 2004 and the storm surges associated with Hurricane Katrina show that research related to this topic is far from being exhausted. The occurrence of rogue waves in the ocean is another topic currently receiving much interest. Recent analytical and numerical progress in the modeling of extreme waves will be presented. Further improvements on the numerical computation of three-dimensional waves will be discussed. Finally, it will be shown that there is an urgent need for models describing the impact of extreme waves on coastal areas.  Such models must include fluid/structure interactions.

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