Part of the HIGHWAVE project is to harvest real-time data in situ to build more robust and accurate models.

rosnamhil 1Analysing the data is one part of the job, but harvesting it is another and a very important one. When one spends time at the desk in the office, it can be very beneficial to go and see and participate in data gathering.

The process is not as easy as some might imagine. There is a vast amount of preparation that comes even before going out and collecting measurements. Good spots need to be picked; therefore, the area needs to be explored. Instruments must be assembled and tailored to suit the environment. Every detail can become crucial once in the field. From right location for the weather station, to preventing the camera lens getting rain and sea water drops on it.

In these dark times, when good news is scarce, science always pushes the boundaries and offers hope…

The world record set by Engineer Arnaud Disant and his team in 2018 has now been officially verified: offshore WiFi transmission of 19.4 nautical miles off Cork harbour, “The longest ever attempted transmission between a vessel offshore and a lighthouse on a distant shore, without using satellite communication of cellular data like 3G or 4G…”

The sixth Annual Irish SIAM Student Chapter Conference was held at NUI Galway on 6 December 2019. Clement Calvino, Daniel Giles and Tatjana Kokina, PhD students and members of the Wave Group of School of Mathematics and Statistics, UCD, attended the conference.

It was a full day, with plenary lectures and presentations from PhD students from all over Ireland. The range of topics was very broad and everyone got to see all possible applications of mathematics from social networks and the dark web, to oceans and protein adsorption.

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The third and last HIGHWAVE public meeting explaining the 5-year project (2019-2024) took place on Inis Oírr on 27 November 2019. It was well attended despite bad weather over the Aran Islands for the past couple of days. Professor Dias and Research Engineer Arnaud Disant were asked a lot of questions on wave breaking, environmental issues, instrumentation but also on the future of the project after 2024. 

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Professor Frédéric Dias delivered today on Inis Meáin the second talk on extreme wave generation and wave breaking related to the HIGHWAVE project on the Aran Islands. The presentation took place at Halla Naomh Eoin. The local fishing community was represented and the support of Ciara (Bainisteoir, Comhlacht Forbartha Inis Meáin) is kindly acknowledged. The project is already receiving unconditional support from the local community. The project will return benefits in kind, such as data which can be used to backup grant applications. Regular progress meetings will be organised on Inis Meáin.

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ESA Advanced Ocean Synergy Training Course 2019 took place in the beautiful city of Chania, Greece from 4 to 8 November 2019.

The days were packed with theory lectures, interactive lectures and group work. Every day was dedicated to a particular subject ranging from Wind Waves and Wave/Current Interaction to Polar Oceans. There were 42 participants of 18 different nationalities and backgrounds. This made the above-mentioned group work interesting and challenging, as mathematicians had to work together with marine biologists and photogrammetry engineers, to name a few.

The lectures were presented by outstanding lecturers and leading researchers. It was amazing to see how different instruments can be used in synergy to tackle a wide range of problems. Not only scientific, but also societal problems such as climate change.

Tatjana Kokina attended the course, as a part of the HIGHWAVE project. It was a great opportunity to see the wealth of Earth Observation data and the tools available. The training provided insights into using remote sensing in synergy with in situ measurements. This sparked some ideas for HIGHWAVE and how remote sensing can be incorporated into the project.

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Marine Forecasts blog articles are community restricted articles, aimed to researchers, students, lecturers but also the community of the Aran Islands.