The film highlights the existence of rogue waves and their close proximity to areas of science. Through visual metaphors and a journey with a physicist from the university to the sea, the objective is to show all the facets of rogue waves: the positives and negatives of their instability and power.
Rogue Wave was born out of collaboration with Prof. Frederic Dias at the UCD Mathematical Sciences, an applied mathematician the UCD School of Mathematical Sciences who specialises in ocean waves and hydrodynamics & the UCD Earth Institute. For decades scientists questioned the existence of rogue waves. They were scientifically improbable and — unlike tsunamis — there did not seem to be any specific underlying cause like an earthquake or volcanic eruption that would displace huge volumes of water. Professor Frédéric Dias explains in a recent UCD interview that it is always difficult to define a rogue wave because nobody can agree on a definition, but it is a very large wave which is both localised in space and time. These waves will “occupy a specific area of, for example, one kilometres squared,” explains Professor Frédéric Dias,
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