Storm surges are the major geophysical threat to life and properties in coastal regions, being more widespread and frequent than tsunamis. Yet recent storm surge events around the globe raised painful death tolls and caused major economic losses, showing unpreparedness of the scientific community in forecasting the violence of such powerful natural hazards. Current research on storm surges suffers in fact from multiple divisions. This is mainly caused by lack of communication and networking between experts of the different disciplines involved, like coastal oceanography, ocean engineering and mathematics, and by the consequent lack of international initiatives. This Symposium proposes to gather together prominent academics active in the field of storm surge modelling and forecasting, in order to foster a multidisciplinary approach aimed at facing the storm surge threat at a global level. The focus of the Symposium will be on quantifying the uncertainties on the effects of wind, wave and current flows in coastal waters and on the role of coupling between storm systems, tides and extreme waves in exacerbating the intensity of the surge. Further insight will be offered into emerging technologies for storm surge forecasting and evaluating impacts of storm surges on coastal structures. It is envisaged that the outcome of the Symposium will be of fundamental help to the storm surge modelling and forecasting communities.


News about IUTAM Symposium on Storm Surge Modelling and Forecastin


Second Announcement on Preliminary Program (August 03, 2016).

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Paper submission.

The use of the template (in LaTex or Word) will be mandatory for the final paper. Elsevier will publish the paper online in the Procedia IUTAM and a printed book will be sent to participants after the event. The web version can have collored pitures, but the printed one will be a black and white version of the collored. When you email your paper to the Secretariat, please put in a .zip file the .pdf version and the original version (.tex+figures+.bib or .doc). Name the files with the number of the paper and the name of the main author. The papers should have between 3 and 10 pages and the deadline for the final paper submission is the 30th November 2016 .

Abstract Submission.

An 3 page abstract with full author address information should be sent to stormsurge@sjtu.edu.cn The deadline for the abstract submission is the 30th June 2016 .

Notification of Acceptance.

The notification of acceptance with the paper number will be issued by the Scientific Committee of the Symposium by the 15th July 2016 .








International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics



Shanghai Jiao Tong University



Beijing International Center For Theoretical And Applied Mechanics



National Natural Science Foundation of China


Shanghai Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics



Benlong Wang , Xi Zhao
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road,Shanghai 200240,China