The 17th Waves In Shallow water Environment meeting will be held from the 25th till the 29th of April in Brest, France. The WISE workshop is a meeting for international researchers working on ocean waves, from fundamental work related to hydrodynamics to the more practical field of numerical modelling for wave forecasting and hindcasting, with applications ranging from the investigation of climate change impacts to coastal engineering.

The venue is the Lucien Laubier conference room in IFREMER. Local organizer is IFREMER, represented by Fanny Girard-Ardhuin and Francine Loubrieu from the Laboratory of Oceanography from Space at IFREMER (http://cersat.ifremer.fr). 

The meeting will have the usual structure, with an ice-breaker in the late afternoon of Sunday April 25. On Monday morning, we will begin the presentations carrying on till Thursday, April 29. We will have a field trip on Tuesday and a musical dinner on Wednesday evening.

Note that the field trip is a full day field trip on an island with the half day lectures held on the island.

 From Fabrice Ardhuin (IFREMER, Brest, France)  

"Dear WISE colleagues, 

We are delighted to welcome you at IFREMER in Brest, at the prow of the French Atlantic coast. We will cut our way  through one more year of wave research, with treacherous coastal waters and massive open ocean waves. This may not be only a metaphor since we should have the opportunity to visit the island of Molene, in the midst of the largest French Marine Natural Park, and see the waves at work, reshaping the shoreline and human activities. Do not worry, though, steaming from the mainland is smoother than riding the waves off Ensenada (BC, Mexico).  

Local forecasts for waves, currents and sea temperature: 

and, some real-time validation: 

We wish you a safe trip here, and hope that you will enjoy the vibrant local folklore from food to music.