Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour

The University Pau & Adour (L’Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour or UPPA) was founded in 1972. It is a multi-site academic institution with its main campus in Pau (département of Pyrénées-Atlantiques) and satellite campus in Anglet, Bayonne, Tarbes, and Mont-de-Marsan in the Adour river basin. UPPA is run administratively under the Academy of Bordeaux, it is the third largest university in southwestern France (after Bordeaux and Toulouse), with around 12,000 students.

The Chaire HPC-Waves is a research lab guided by Dr. Volker Roeber at the Anglet campus. It focuses on the theoretical and numerical development of nearshore wave models with attention to high performance computing. The goal is to improve accuracy and speed of numerical wave models to obtain a representative and complete description of coastal wave processes including generation, propagation, runup and impact on structures and for MRE extraction. This work is complemented by field and laboratory studies. In close collaboration with the Communauté d’Agglomération Pays Basque, the chair will help find integrated solutions for mitigation of wave-driven coastal hazards and investigate local MRE applications.

SIAME laboratory is composed of four teams working on different fields in engineering sciences. Within the SIAME laboratory, The Wave Interactions Structures team is developing research on waves and their impacts on coastal infrastructure in a broad sense. The work developed is based on a strong component in numerical simulation of surface waves, taking into account fixed or mobile structures, supplemented by essentially field measurements. The issues addressed are mainly in the field of coastal risks (submersion, impact, tsunami) with a more recent interest in energy (EMR). In addition to its contribution to international and national research programmes, to the national observation effort DYNALIT, OASU, the IVS team is committed to a strong partnership with more local authorities (GIS littoral Basque, Observatoire de la Côte Aquitaine), which has resulted in the creation of a chair in “Coastal Waves and High Performance Computing” (HPC waves) as part of the E2S programme.

Role in the Project

UPPA is involved in the site assessment studies to identify potential sites for pump storage implementations.