Sofia Caires

Metocean conditions and wave dynamics

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Dr. Sofia Caires is a metocean expert with more than 25 years of work experience. Her main expertise fields are wave modelling and metocean data analysis, validation and assimilation. She has a degree in Naval Engineering, an M.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. She worked for the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute as a member of the ERA-40 team and was in charge of validating, analysing and disseminating the ERA-40 wave and wind climate data. Later she changed her focus to the modelling of future climate, working on statistical downscaling and uncertainty analyses of wave climate projections for Environment Canada.

She joined WL | Delft Hydraulics at the end of 2005 (going on to Deltares in 2008) and has since then worked in many metocean projects aiming at the determination of the mean and extreme wind, wave, water level and flow conditions, including eventual effects of climate change and variability. The determination of these conditions is needed, for example, for coastal erosion studies, design and operations offshore and nearshore, flood forecasting and environmental impact assessments. Furthermore, from 2006 to 2015 she was the principal researcher in a long-term Dutch government research program in which statistical methods, used for the derivation of the extreme conditions applied in the assessment of the Dutch primary water defences, are proposed and evaluated. In parallel with these activities she has continuously been working and providing advice on (phase averaging and phase resolving) wave modelling and data assimilation.

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