Seminar Talk by Susanne Støle-Hentschel – Towards a new description of sea states

We’ll host an external seminar talk on Tuesday, July 25, 13:00

Speaker: Susanne Støle-Hentschel, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay

Title: Towards a new description of sea states

Place: Room 00.133, Cauerstrasse 11 (Animationslabor) in hybrid mode

If you like to attend on Zoom, please write a short e-mail to to receive the credentials.


In the light of climate change, the understanding of the ocean environment is gaining importance.
The oceans’ interaction with the atmosphere has an impact on the climate that is not negligible.
Furthermore, the changing weather with more extreme events are may induce more extreme sea
states that have to be taken into account in the construction of marine and offshore structure.
Today’s characterization of sea states has not been fundamentally updated for many decades
although measurement capabilities have advanced significantly.
This talk will give an overview of state of the art analysis and interpretation of ocean waves
and how the established assumptions limit generalized conclusions.
The utilized techniques span a wide range including interpretation of (radar) measurements,
wave statistics as well as physical understanding gained by mathematical modeling and simulation.
Finally, a project idea is presented with the focus on improving the established description of sea states.