Organization: M Argentina, D. Clamond, C. Raufaste, J. Rajchenbach

Nonlinearities and dispersion of water waves are responsible of numerous and remarkable phenomena, such as the existence of bores, of solitary waves of various types, and of the formation of giant "rogue" waves, "appearing from nowhere" and of very short lifetime. Up to now, several models have been designed, but the complexity of the set of equations which govern water waves suggests a large plurality of shapes and of associated mechanisms, that deserve a deep and systematic exploration. The understanding and the analytic modelisation are of crucial importance in the engineering of sea shore protections, of oil platform and for shipping. This meeting is aimed at associating both experimentalits and theoreticians to publicize their last results and to try to design new mechanisms.

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