IH Cantabria organiza seminarios de especialización impartidos por profesores e investigadores de universidades y centros extranjeros que realizan movilidades en IH Cantabria.

Próximo Seminario:

Xavier Bertin -CNRS-La Rochelle University, Francia

28 FEBRERO 2013. 16.15h en el Auditorio IH Cantabria

"Hydro-sedimentary dynamics of coastal zones dominated by tides and waves"


Durante el año 2012 el Programa de Movilidad para Doctorados con Mención hacia la Excelencia ha financiado la estancia de seis prestigiosos investigadores, que han realizado estancias de una o dos semanas. Además de estos seminarios, los doctorandos han podido realizar con ellos salidas al campo, seminarios de debate enfocados al desarrollo de sus tesis doctorales y reuniones de trabajo acompañados de investigadores postdoc y profesorado del Departamento de Ciencias y Técnicas del Agua y del Medio Ambiente. Todas las actividades se han impartido en inglés.

Tjeerd Bouma – Instituto Holandés de Ecología NIOO-KNAW
2 MAYO. 12.00 h. Biogeomorphology in estuaries: where ecologists and engineers meet?

3 MAYO. 16.00 h. Theoretical approaches towards practical management questions: examples from coastal vegetations

Karin Bryan, Universidad de Waikato, Nueva Zelanda
6 JUNIO 13.00 h. Interannual changes to beach rotation and shoreline-sandbar coupling on intermediate embayed beaches

8 JUNIO 16.00 h. Application of nonlinear forecasting to swash timeseries on beaches with cusps

Robert Guza, Universidad de California, San Diego
20 JUNIO Waves and beach sand level changes in southern California

29 JUNIO Transport and mixing in the surfzone

Fabrice Ardhuin, Ifremer: Instituto francés de Investigación de Recursos Marinos
19 JULIO 12.00 h. Analysis and modelling of seismic noise for wave climate estimation: from correlations to quantitative verification

20 JULIO 12.00 h. Wave - current interactions in three dimensions: from standard cases to turbulence closure and ocean circulation forced by waves

Alistair Borthwick University of Cork, Irlanda
5 SEPTIEMBRE 13.00 h. Recent perspectives on coastal risk

7 SEPTIEMBRE 11.00 h. Physical and numerical modelling of the interaction of extreme waves with the coast

Alan Brampton - HR Wallingford, UK
21 SEPTIEMBRE 12.00 h. The UK coast and its development

25 SEPTIEMBRE 12.00 h. A personal view on "beach modelling"

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IH Cantabria regularly organizes seminars to present the latest scientific and projects developed by its over 140 researchers and technicians..

The seminars consist of two parts: the first 20-minutes present the work, the presentation concludes with a debate on the issues raised and synergies with other research, projects, etc..

IH 20+10 is an internal source of knowledge as well as a forum to allow discussions between the diferent teams, continu¡uosly advanceing the general knowledge of our researchers, thereby ensuring that the information and technologies developed at the Institute spread amongst the different teams.

We also organize IH 20 +10 seminars presented by visiting researchers and professors with the same objective in mind.

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Periódicamente se desarrollan en IH Cantabria Jornadas de presentación de los últimos avances realizados en las diferentes tesis doctorales, así como de las comunicaciones y ponencias que realizan los doctorandos y los investigadores del Instituto en congresos nacionales e internacionales.

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IH Cantabria has organized within the  ICCE 2012, the following workshops and seminars:


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Workshop to exchange knowledge on good practices in environmental management in the amazon region
Tailored training course for the design of soft engineering techniques and climate change adaption and intervention measures (including beach/foreshore recharge)
Outfall management using Cormix, planning and environmental studies of brine, urban and regrigeration discharges
X Jornadas Españolas de Costas y Puertos

Azahar Seminars: Desarrollo e implementación de planes y programas GIZC en el ámbito mediterráneo, Casos prácticos de PPGIZC en el ámbito Mediterráneo, y Herramientas para la GIZC en el ámbito mediterráneo.


Long wave run up

Upcoming courses:

Coastal Modeling Systems Course (SMC)
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Palce and dates: IH Cantabria, 4 - 8 of November 2013
Price: 1000 euros + IVA (1210 euros)
Sistema de Modelado Costero (SMC)


El Grupo de Infraestructuras Costeras que dirige Javier L. Lara, organiza durante el mes de junio tres cursos dirigidos a investigadores y técnicos del sector de la ingeniería de costas.

Los cursos, de carácter eminentemente práctico se impartirán en Santander y Madrid en las siguientes fechas:

9 y 10 de junio: IH2VOF training course, Santander. Información y matrícula en: www.ih2vof.ihcantabria.com

11, 12 y 13 de junio: IHFOAM training course, Santander. Información y matrícula en: www.ihfoam.ihcantabria.com

17, 18 y 19 de junio: Modelado avanzado de clima marítimo y propagación de oleaje, Madrid. Información y matrícula en: www.ihpropaga.ihcantabria.com


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We are very proud to announce a new edition of the IH2VOF and IHFOAM courses.


IH-2VOF is an extensively tested and validated 2DV RANS model which uses the VOF method. It can solve flow within porous media by means of the VARANS (Volume-Averaged RANS) equations. Wave generation including the most used theories is implemented for several procedures: Dirichlet boundary condition, moving boundary method (pyston-type wavemaker replication) or internal wave maker (mass source function). It features active and passive wave absorption. Passive wave absorption is defined by a dissipation zone, and was originally designed to work with the source function. Active wave absorption is a more recent advance, as it absorbs waves on the boundary (moving or not) without adding significant computational cost to the model. The model can obtain the VOF function, velocity and pressure fields and turbulent magnitudes k and epsilon in any cell. The specific tools designed for post-processing can aid the designer of coastal structures to check the stability and functionality. This includes, but is not restricted to, run-up, overtopping, transmitted energy or evolution of the forces, moments or safety factor coefficient on a structure.


The source code will be provided within a training course, which will cover the usage of IH-2VOF with a specially designed all-in-one GUI, guidelines for testing coastal structures, a great number of bechmark cases and post-processing tools.


IHFOAM, what makes it different from the rest of OpenFOAM solvers is a wide collection of boundary conditions which handle wave generation and active absorption at the boundaries, without the use of numerical damping areas. These specific boundary conditions allow generating any type of wave in a 3D domain, from the most simple regular waves (Stokes I, II and V, cnoidal, streamfunction...) to complex, real and fully 3D irregular (random) directional sea states. Active wave absorption has been programmed to work simultaneously with the wave generation to absorb any incident waves on the boundaries. These features do not increase the computational cost noticeably, and there is no need to extend the numerical domain, as it occurs with relaxation zones. Moreover, they allow for longer and more stable simulations without increasing water level or agitation. Currently the model can be applied to solve any impervious structures, both static and dynamic (floating structures). Some examples that have been simulated include: wave interaction with obstacles as vertical breakwaters, ships, offshore foundations, dam and spillway simulations, open channel flow, etc... Needless to say, a thorough validation with well-known laboratory tests has been carried out and is published in Coastal Engineering. The source code will be provided within a training course, which will cover the usage of IHFOAM with specially designed pre-processing and post-processing tools, guidelines for using the model in coastal and offshore applications and a great number of benchmark cases to solve along the course.


IHFOAM is a state-of-the-art 3D Navier Stokes solver for water waves. The training course covers from all the basics needed to learn to use OpenFOAM, to all sorts of advanced techniques, and tutorial cases not included in the materials released, namely:


- Residual monitoring
- Video rendering
- Runtime sampling
- Sampling with Paraview
- Dynamic mesh refinement
- Moving and deforming meshes
- Creating and compiling solvers/libraries/utilities


The combined use of IH2VOF and IHFOAM models has proven very convenient in order to save computational cost in 3D simulations. This methodology has been successfully applied in the following paper:


You can find more details about the models and the courses on the following websites:





The courses will be held at IH Cantabria headquarters in Santander (Spain):


- IH2VOF: 1 day training / October 6th 

- IHFOAM: 3,5 day training / October 7th – October 10th


Please be aware that the places are limited. Find deadline for registration at the website. Discount rates are available for academic institutions and when enrolling in both courses.


Participants are requested to bring their own laptops. For the IHFOAM course you must ensure that your pc is able to boot using a Live USB.


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estructuraIHCantabria impartirá en sus instalaciones un nuevo curso presencial del Sistema de Modelado Costero (SMC 2.5).

El sistema de modelado costero (SMC) es un conjunto de herramientas y modelos numéricos desarrolladas con el objeto de analizar las dinámicas actuantes en la costa y sus efectos en la costa en distintas escalas espacio-temporales.Permite además abordar varios problemas existentes a lo largo de la costa española, mediante el estudio de las dinámicas costeras, el diseño de actuaciones para evitarlos o la planificación de medidas de mitigación, considerando el nuevo Reglamento de Costas.

Para saber más del SMC, visita la web del proyecto AQUI

El curso tendrá lugar la semana del 11 al 15 de abril de 2016.
Solo quedan 5 plazas disponibles.
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