We are happy to announce an award from the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) of US$35,000 in support of the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute “The science of predicting and understanding tsunamis, storm surges and tidal phenomena”. The program manager is Augustus Vogel, PhD, Associate Director for Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa.
This funding will support the PASI organization in several ways, including the scholarships for nine (9) participants from Latin American countries. These participants are traveling to Chile from Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Argentina.
It will also fund local accommodation for over a dozen Chilean students attending PASI, who are coming from top to bottom of the length of this geographically unique country.
The PASI organization is very pleased to be able to provide an enhanced experience for all participants, also thanks to this grant, with student assistants for administration and technical matters, daily refreshments during breaks, hosting of the keynote speakers, and needed supplies.
ONR Global promotes collaboration between the US Navy and international scientists, maintaining physical presence in five continents. It sponsors various programs around the world, including a visiting scientist program, collaborative science programs and the Naval International Cooperative Opportunities in Science and Technology Program (NICOP), which provides direct research support to international scientists to help address naval science and technology challenges.
The PASI organizers and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María are very grateful for the support of ONR Global
Research Associate, High-Performance Computing Center, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Milton is currently a research associate in Professor Alvaro Coutinho’s research group at the High-Performance Computing Center at UFRJ. He works in a project supported by Petrobras on the simulation of green water effects on ships. His role is to simulate the waves and sea conditions using a two-fluid finite element solver (VOF).
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dmitry is a PhD student at the SFOS at UAF and his main topic of research is coastal effects of tsunami waves. To investigate such problems he intends to use 3D Volume-of-Fluid modesl. Dmitry is proficient in C and Fortran and has strong experience in data processing with such scripting languages as GNU R, Matlab and Python.
Research scientist, CONICET, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
Luis is an assistant professor and research scientist at CONICET (National Council for Scientific and Technological Research in Argentina). His research activities are mainly focused on numerical modeling of groundwater flow and he is interested in studying head fluctuations in coastal aquifers induced by ocean tides.
Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Computational Mechanics, University of Campinas, Brazil
Josue has been working with the boundary element method since his MSc studies in 2006. In his PhD, he moved to modeling of soil-foundation interactions. In his postdoctoral research, he is using these models to understand the influence of incoming waves on nano-facilities and synchrotron light source laboratories.
Faculty, Department of Engineering, Fundación Universitaria Católica del Norte, Colombia
Sadid is a Specialist in Management Coastal Zone from the petty officer naval school “ENSB” in Colombia. He is a technologist in physical oceanography. He has worked for six years in the Colombian Navy’s oceanographic and hydrographic research center. He published a paper on “Observations of atmospheric tides in Cartagena de Indias”, and has another paper under review on the “Variations of physics and chemical parameters in the coastal station No. 5 in Tumaco – Nariño”
MSc student, Faculty of Physical Sciences, National University of San Marcos, Peru
Nabilt is a research physicist at the Peruvian Tsunami Warning Center and she is working, together with professional staff of the Peruvian Navy, on developing tsunami flood maps for her country through numerical modeling. She is familiar with open source packages such as TUNAMI-N2 and NEOWAVE, has developed in codes Fortran, Matlab, and Generic Mapping Tools programming.
(from Peru) currently, a PhD student at University Paul Sabatier, France
Kobi Mosquera is a physicist and is part of the staff of the IGP (Instituto Geofisíco del Perú). His work deals with the role of long equatorial waves (Kelvin and Rossby) in the Pacific Ocean, specifically, the El Niño phenomenon. To achieme this goal, he develops simple ocean models (shallow water type) in the FORTRAN language and also uses in-situ, remote or reanalysis data for the analysis.
PhD student, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
Prapti is currently working in the computational hydraulics group at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences under Professor Clint Dawson. She is interested in modeling flooding in coastal lowlands and watersheds due to inland storm surge and torrential rain and studying the solutions to these problems in the context of Runge-Kutta discontinuous Galerkin methods.
Researcher in the Ecuador National Tsunami Warning Center
Willington has worked for the Ecuador National Tsunami Warning Center since 2006. Currently, he is the head of the Galapagos Research Marine Center. He is an active researcher in tsunami phenomena, focusing on applying science to the tsunami warning process.
Research Professor, Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Angel is currently a research professor in the Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions group, in the “Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera” at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM. His research interests are mainly on geophysical fluid dynamics. He collaborates in a pilot project with the objective of forecasting storm surges originated from tropical storms using ADCIRC.
PhD student, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Emmanuel has been a graduate student in the Geophysics PhD program at the Scripps Institution of Oceangraphy since September 2010, and currently works for Prof. David T. Sandwell on developing marine gravity field models from satellite altimetry data. His interest in tsunami modeling lies primarily with the possible effects of rough seafloor topography on the propagation of tsunamis, and how this might need to be taken into account for coastal hazard assessments.
PhD student, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, IIMAS, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Rosa Vargas is a first year PhD student. Her main research interests are numerical modeling and the study of a non-local model for water-waves with variable bottom. She is interested in developing a good model that can predict the behavior of traveling-wave solutions, solitons, under the influence of variable bathymetry.
Applications for travel funding from US participants will continue to be received until October 30, 2012. However, applications already received are under review, and travel grants will begin to be awarded to the best applicants.
Latin American participants can still submit applications, and their deadline is November 15, 2012.
Self-funded participants are welcome and can continue to register; we will close registrations as we near the school capacity.
Principal Investigator Prof. Lorena A. Barba is happy to announce the availability of travel funding to attend this fantastic advanced-training event.
The ideal applicant will be an early-career researcher in the field of wave phenomena, eager to contribute to the efforts to increase our understanding of tsunamis, storm surges and tidal phenomena. The PASI is aimed at an advanced level: early faculty, post-doctoral researchers, or advanced graduate students.
Funding will cover the cost of air travel, and a per-diem allowance of $140 for accommodation and subsistence during the stay. Accommodation is being arranged at one hotel for all participants, and students sharing a room will find the per-diem quite generous. We will help you find a roommate! (Expenses above $140 per day will have to be covered by the participant.)
We expect to award 14 of these travel grants to participants from the US, and an additional 11 grants to participants from other countries in the American continents.
Apply online now using our simple form!
October 15, 2012.Extension: October 30, 2012
Notifications: will begin Oct. 30, 2012
This funding is made possible by NSF award OISE-1242245.
Self-funded participants are welcome, but space is limited. If you would like to attend with your own funding, please express your interest by filling the Registration form.