Keynote speakers

Alexander V. Babanin
Alexander V. Babanin
Alexander V. Babanin is Professor in Ocean Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Qualifications: BSc (Physics), MSc (Physical Oceanography) (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia), PhD (Physical Oceanography) (Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Sebastopol, Russia). Worked as a Research Scientist in the Marine Hydrophysical Institute, as an academic In the University of New South Wales, ADFA, Canberra, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Areas of expertise, research and teaching, are wind-generated waves, maritime and coastal engineering, air-sea interactions, ocean turbulence and ocean dynamics, climate, environmental instrumentation and remote sensing of the ocean. These include extreme Metocean conditions, from tropical cyclones to Arctic and Antarctic environments. 280+ career total publications.
Julien Bonnel

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department, Associate Scientist.

My research is based on a synergy between signal processing, ocean physics, and experimental ocean acoustics. Thanks to this synergy, I develop innovative processing methods adapted to the need of the ocean acoustic community, and use them to answer oceanographic questions. This subsequently benefits a wide spectrum of applications, from underwater warfare to marine biology. This interdisciplinarity is particularly dear to me, and I like to collaborate with various scientists: engineers, acousticians, biologists, oceanographers, etc. My main research contribution is probably the development of processing methods that enable single-hydrophone applications, such as seabed characterization (which is important to assess sonar performance) and/or marine mammal localization. On the other hand, I am also very interested in Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM), with a particular focus on bioacoustics and acoustical meteorology. I have authored or co-authored more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. I do believe in education, and more than half of my publications have been first-authored by graduate students or post-doctoral investigators that I have supervised.

Prof. Anatoly Obzhirov
Anatoly Obzhirov
Prof. Anatoly Obzhirov is the Chief scientist of the laboratory of Gas Geochemistry of the V.I. Il’ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute of the Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia. He was born in 1940, Uste-Katav, region of Ural, Russia. In 1963 he finished Tomsk Politekhnical Institute to got diploma of oil-gas engineer-geologist, Tomsk. He received diploma Kandidat of Sciences (PhD), 1974 in Moscow Geological Survey Institute, and of diploma Doctor of Sciences, 1996 in Moscow Geoinformsystem Institute and got diploma of Professor in 2009 from the High Certificate Committee of Moscow, Russia. In 1977 he organized school to study gas distribution in lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere to use of it like indicator to search oil-gas deposits, gas hydrate, mapping geological structure, zones faults, to examine seismic activity and global climate change. He developed complex of geological and geophysics methods to study gas in water and sediment of the World Sea in the international expeditions to search oil-gas deposits, gas hydrate, methane fluxes and decide other geological, geophysical, acoustic tasks. He organized and was at the chief about 35 international expeditions in the Far Eastern Seas and in its were found more than 500 methane fluxes and 20 areas with gas hydrates in the Japan and Okhotsk Sea.
Dr. Stefano Vignudelli
Stefano Vignudelli

Dr. Stefano Vignudelli is a researcher employed at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council) in Pisa, Italy. He has over 25 years of scientific experience in the area of satellite remote sensing (radar altimetry, in particular) for studying coastal environments (sea level variability, in particular). Major interests include processing methods for data analysis, validation with local field observations, multi-sensor synergy, exploitation. Most significant accomplishment has been to lead development of satellite radar altimetry in the coastal zone to provide improved measurements for sea level research and applications. He is one of the organizers of a regular series of coastal altimetry workshops (Silver Spring 2008, Pisa, 2008, Frascati 2009, Porto 2010, San Diego 2011, Riva del Garda 2012, Boulder 2013, Lake Constance 2014, Reston 2015, Florence 2017, Frascati 2018), co-editor of the Springer Book “Coastal Altimetry” (20 chapters, 70 people involved and top 25% books). He is actively involved in international cooperation through joint projects, exchange visits, attendance at workshops and capacity building. He is also co-author of five chapters of books and around 100 publications (41 in peer-reviewed journals). He is coordinator/partner/evaluator of scientific projects. He is member of organizing/scientific committees and international societies. He is actually associate editor for Elsevier Advances in Space Research Journal in the area of satellite oceanography and vice-president of PORSEC association.

Yury Zuenko
Yury Zuenko
Born in Siberia. Graduated as physical oceanographer from the Saint Petersburg Marine Academy in 1981. Since 1985 through present have been affiliated to Pacific Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (TINRO), Vladivostok. Ph.D. in Pacific Oceanological Institute in 1995 and D.Sc. in Oceanology in Russian Hydrometeorological University in 2009. Scientific interests in the field of fisheries oceanography concerning influence of physical processes on biological productivity and reproduction of commercial species, including impacts of climate change. Author of 70 referred scientific papers, mainly in Russian, including a monograph ‘Fisheries Oceanography of the Japan Sea’. One of the first explorers of tidal mixing and slope convection in the Far-Eastern Seas, author of the ‘Lower Productivity – Higher Efficiency’ conception concerning impact of climate warming on subpolar marine ecosystems. Head of the Fisheries Oceanography Lab., TINRO, vice-chair of Phisical Oceanography and Climate Committee, PICES.