Tuesday July 26/7:30

MS28A/Marina 3

Nonlinear Water Waves

Water waves provide an example of a dynamical system that is Hamiltonian (or nearly so), that is easily accessible (one can do simple experiments in the kitchen sink), and that exhibits virtually all of the phenomena associated with Hamiltonian dynamics. The range of interesting scales is huge: from centimeter-long apillary waves to oceanic gyres that cover thousands of kilometers. The talks in this session exhibit some of this diversity, with emphases on problems with very different scales, and on different (theoretical, numerical, and experimental) aspects of the problem. Organizers: James Curry and Harvey Segur University of Colorado, Boulder