They come in waves

Not sure if I actually read this right or not, via haiku:

Reza Alam, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, recently presented his findings at the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) meeting, held from November 18-20, 2012, in San Diego, CA. Alam’s research delves into the variation of density in ocean water and waves.

Ocean or sea water varies greatly in density based on temperature and salinity which creates stratified layers. Stratified waters contain “internal waves”, which are based on gravity, as well as “surface waves” caused by weather. Both of these waves are then affected by the undulations of the sea floor, but have different energies.

Alam took his understanding of waves and their influences and used computer simulations to transform a surface wave into an internal wave as it approaches an object. Basically, in his computer simulations, Alam changed the sea floor to affect the wave and make it do what he wanted.

Outside of the computer world on the open ocean, the idea is that a ship would have the technology to project a new sea floor below and in front of its path. This projection would change the shape of the wave causing it to safely move under the ship without causing harm.

How this technology actually works is still to be worked out.

Now let’s see if I have this right.  A rogue wave, known as such because it is rogue, unpredictable and works on many principles including ocean floor, is to be stymied by a ship which projects a false ocean floor, one of many factors, ignoring that a wave is generated long before it actually reaches a ship and that projecting a shallower false floor will increase the choppiness of the wave rather than decrease it.

OK, got all that.   And this guy presented at an august scientific meeting, did he, and no one saw fit to mention the points I have?   What does this then say about the state of scientific research today and people sitting at computers, playing about with graphics, sipping on their coffee and earning big bucks?

And that guy – professor is he?

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