Columbia River Maritime Museum


Science on Tap: Making and Breaking Waves
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Released April 23, 2013

Presented by Dr. Jim Thomson

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Doors open at 6:00 pm, talk at 7:00 pm
Fort George Brewery in the Lovell Building

Free to the public

While surfers spend their day waiting for the "perfect wave," ships crossing the Columbia River Bar can battle waves up to 20 feet with conditions changing from calm to life-threatening in as little as five minutes due to changes of wind and ocean swell. Using novel techniques, and measurements from the Gulf of Alaska to the Columbia Bar, we'll explore the processes that make (and break) waves in the ocean.

Join the Columbia River Maritime Museum for our next Science on Tap: Making and Breaking Waves, on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Dr. Jim Thomson will share how ocean waves start as ripples in the water, growing and eventually outrunning the wind and why every wave is different.  

After completing a PhD in MIT's joint program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dr. Thomson joined the University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab in 2006. Dr. Thomson also has a joint appointment in the faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Science on Tap, in partnership with Fort George Brewery, is a Columbia River Maritime Museum program introducing maritime science, history, and technology in an informal setting. This program is free and open to the public, minors are allowed with adult. Doors open at 6:00 pm, the presentation begins at 7:00 pm at Fort George Brewery - Lovell Building. Seasonal beers are on tap; food, and other beverages are available for purchase. For more information call 503-325-2323.