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AGU Chapman Conference on Physics of Wave-Mud Interaction

Amelia Island, Florida, USA, 17–20 November 2008


Program Committee and Their Areas of Expertise


We wish to gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors for their generous support of this conference.

nortekusa  nortekscientific    coe

aquatec    Teledyne


A strong relationship exists in shallow seas between water waves, currents, and bed sediment processes. Although the importance of this connection and its consequences for associated technological development have been recognized for a long time, the development of a systematic approach to wave propagation over shallow muddy seabeds is quite recent. Considerable progress in modeling wave-mud interaction has been achieved since the pioneering quantitative assessment of wave damping due to fluid mud by Gade (1958). However, significant gaps still remain in our understanding of the basic related processes. A scientific compilation and full assessment of these gaps is essential for scoping work required to close these gaps. The purpose of this conference is to review the state-of-the-art in the physics of wave-mud interaction and related fluid mud processes, with a goal to establish a new framework to investigate wave-mud interaction.

Potential Session Topics and Scope

Conference Format and Topics

The conference will take place over 4 days with 3 days reserved for presentations, and the last day (morning) for wrap-up discussions. Presentation times will be 20 minutes, with 15 minutes for the oral presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Keynote lectures will be 40 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Each session will last 2 hours and 40 minutes. There will be two oral sessions each day. Poster sessions will run continuously throughout the conference.

Potential Cosponsors

The conveners are contacting the following agencies for financial assistance for student travel and other forms of appropriate conference support. Information on financial support for the conference will be updated as it becomes available.

Program Schedule

The program schedule for the conference is now available. Please click here to view.

Further Information

If you have questions or would like to be placed on a mailing list (be sure to include the name of the meeting you are interested in), e-mail For information on the scientific program, contact one of the conference conveners via e-mail: Alexandru Sheremet (; Ashish J. Mehta (